CNN political commentator Keith Boykin stunned host Kate Bolduan Monday when he accused Donald Trump of being a “white supremacist president” who is stoking anger at black athletes the same way southern segregationists did to African-Americans a century ago.
Trump played to a southern conservative crowd at a rally in Alabama Friday, slamming black athletes daring to use their Constitutional rights to protest racial injustice, which only appears to have gotten worse under the new administration.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump told the crowd.
On Monday, Boykin, who worked in the Clinton White House, praised NFL players who spoke out about why kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice was important to them and slammed Trump for the way he discusses African-Americans.
“They spoke in a way that I would like to see the president of the United States speak and they’re talking about an issue that Colin Kaepernick raised which is about the mass incarceration of African-Americans, about the killing of black people, about racial profiling. That’s what started this issue,” Boykin said.
“This is about race,” Boykin stated after Trump tweeted that the issue has “nothing to do with race.”
“President Trump went to Alabama last Friday and gave a speech to an almost exclusively white audience and told mostly rich white owners of professional sports teams how to control their young black men,” he said.
“That sounds like plantation politics. That sounds like the politics of something from the 19th century, not from the 21st century. It’s inappropriate for this man to call for the firing of private employees from a company he has nothing to do with.”
Boykin went on to say that Trump is “trying to divide us and use this as a wedge issue but these are important issues that need to be discussed.”
“Racism is an issue that has divided America since its founding and we’ve never really had a deep conversation about what this means and how we resolve this and move forward and we continue to put it off and have these mini debates from time to time,” he said. “But we need a serious conversation because we have a white supremacist president of the United States encouraging white supremacists.”
“No, don’t throw the grenade, Keith!” a surprised Bolduan exclaimed. “You think he’s a white supremacist? You really believe this president is a white supremacist?”
“The reason why I say this is he’s encouraging and inciting these people,” Boykin replied, adding that if Trump really cared about “respect for the flag” he would have called for the Nazis with Confederate Flags in Charlottesville to “be fired from their jobs.”
The last time a television personality called out Trump as a “white supremacist” was ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who the White House’s PC police demanded be fired.
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