They failed. Miserably.
CNN correspondent Randi Kaye on “Anderson Cooper 360” asked eight Dallas-area women if they thought the recent tweets of President Donald Trump attacking four progressive congresswomen were racist — and it didn’t work well for CNN.
“How many of you don’t think what the president said is racist?” Kaye questioned the females, who were all Trump followers.
The women all raised their hands together.
The women explained to Kaye:
- “I’m a brown-skinned woman. I am a legal immigrant. I agree with [Trump].”
- “He was saying that if they hate America so much because what we’re seeing out of them and hearing out of them — they hate America. If it’s so bad, there’s a lot of places they can go.”
- “Actually, I think it’s a demonstration of how their ideology spills over even though they’re American now, so to speak.”
- “They’re not acting American.”
- “We know the president is not racist. He loves people from Hispanics to black people — all across the board.”
Particularly one exchange highlighted the attempt to push the CNN narrative.
“I’m glad the president said what he said because all they’re doing is — they’re inciting hatred and division and that’s not what our country is about. It’s not about that at all—,” one of the women said to Kaye.
“But isn’t that what the president does with some of his own comments?” Kaye interrupted. “His own racist comments?”
“But he didn’t say anything about color,” the woman shot back.
Still, by reciting the Webster Dictionary’s definition of racism directly, Kaye continued to push the media narrative that Trump is racist.
“He dated a black woman for two years. Two of his wives are immigrants. He is not a xenophobic racist,” one woman spit facts at Kaye in response.
Then the women turned the tables.
After rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and business appeared to be defended by Kaye, one female appealed to Kaye and CNN for issues of political manipulation.
“Whoever wrote these questions up is — it’s clear that they’re very manipulative to accuse instead of extracting the truth,” the woman stated. “Because when you say, you know, ‘Don’t you think he’s racist?’ You’re accusing us; you’re accusing [Trump].”
“I’m asking; I’m not accusing,” Kaye fired back. “I’m asking you what you think.”
“It’s not relevant. It has nothing to do with the real issue,” the same woman replied. “Why do you keep bringing it up?”
When Kaye asked if it was just a “coincidence,” the women being targeted by Trump were not white, one of the women shut down Kaye.
“I don’t think it matters. It’s idiotic what [the congresswomen] are saying. It doesn’t matter whether they’re white, man, woman, brown, yellow, anything,” the woman said.
“I don’t think it matters. It’s idiotic, what they’re saying, so it doesn’t matter if they’re black or white.”
Female Trump voters in Dallas, TX, deny any element of racism in the President’s comments aimed at four Democratic lawmakers, all of whom are women of color. pic.twitter.com/wX3fouhHNy
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) July 17, 2019