CNN’s “State of the Union” was having a panel discussion about the train wreck that Virginia politics have become under Democratic leadership in the face of Gov. Ralph Northam‘s blackface scandal and while there was early agreement, things got very intense when President Trump’s name came up.
But not for the reason you might think.
The panel seemed to agree that Northam must resign, even though the Democratic politician is doing everything he can to hold onto his seat. With that state’s Attorney General Mark Herring admitting to a blackface incident of his own and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax facing two sexual assault allegations, there was also a tacit agreement that these Democrats must also go, even if that left a Republican next in the line of succession.
Rep. Nanette Barragán, D-Calif., brought up Trump, claiming he’s “one of the most divisive presidents, and frankly, racist himself.”
“We can’t forget about the person who is dividing us,” she continued. “And who himself is injecting this into the country.”
It was at this point that CNN commentator Nina Turner could take no more.
“I cannot,” Turner interjected. “I just can’t.”
“1984. 1980. Gucci, just a few days ago,” she said, putting dates on the blackface incidents and making note of the controversy over a sweater from the Italian luxury brand.
“This is not about President Donald Trump!” Turned insisted. “This is about racism in the United States of America. Congresswoman I hear you, but on this we’re not blaming President Trump.”
Barragán tried to push back, saying that Trump “has divided this country,” as if that has anything to do with the actions of three Democrats in Virginia.
“I am not going to continue to let politicians use this man as the excuse to deal with racism in this country,” Turner said — seemingly meaning to not deal with it. “It’s been going on for far too long in the United States of America.”
“Yes, President Donald Trump is a racist there’s no doubt about it. But as we have seen, Democrats delve in racism as well,” she said. “We’ve got to stop making this about who’s a Republican, who’s a Democrat. I want to know who is a humanitarian.”
They accept as a given that Trump is a racist, which is entirely a Democrat construct. And while Turner was making a valid point about Democrats and racism, she would have been better served to stop there.
“I want to know who’s going to stand up for people’s lives?” she added. “Starting with black lives, because when you take care of black lives, everybody’s life is taken care of. Everyone’s life is taken care of.”
While it’s not clear what she meant by that, Turner was emphatic that what as happening in Virginia had “nothing to do with Donald Trump.”
“This is about racism in the DNA of this country, and I am over it!” she said. “We are traumatized, Jake, and we are sick of it.”
Looking across the table at Barragán, she concluded, “Politicians need to stop playing games.”
Fellow panelist Mia Love, a Republican and former congresswoman from Utah, agreed.
“What is being said is exactly right,” Love said. “It’s about personal responsibility for your own actions and the things that you have done.”
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