CNN commentator gets told to “shut up” during a live broadcast of a fiery discussion about Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists.
A Monday morning debate on CNN about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia got ugly when the former Virginia attorney general and Republican Ken Cuccinelli told CNN political commentator Symone Sanders to “just shut up.”
The “New Day” segment, hosted by Chris Cuomo, became heated when Sanders argued Cuccinelli was “dismissing” the impact and danger of white supremacy. Cuccinelli interrupted Sanders repeatedly saying “no” on several occasions.
Cuomo asked Cuccinelli what his point of disagreement was. Sanders briefly interrupted Cucinelli by pointing out a person lost their life to which Cuccinellii replied, “Can I finish, Symone? “Will you just shut up for a minute and let me finish?”
Cuomo jumped in, saying, “Ken, you don’t want to use language like that when you’re talking to Symone. You can disagree, but you don’t talk like that on this show. You know better.”
Sanders shot back as well.
“Under no circumstances do you get to speak to me in that matter,” Sanders responded, adding “You should exhibit some decorum. And understand that you were trying to defend and excuse white supremacy on this program. And under no circumstances will I sit by while that happens. So you can shut up.”
Sanders told Huffpost: “I’m not there to be disrespected, I’m not there to be personally attacked or dismissed. I highly doubt if I were a white man, he would be telling me to shut up.”
She tweeted about the incident and pointed out how Cuccinelli’s behavior was, in and of itself, an act of supremacy.
Everyday I get up to fight for the human dignity of marginalized people on int'l television. Only to be told to shut up. That is supremacy.
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) August 14, 2017
You can watch their fiery exchange, below:
— CNN (@CNN) August 14, 2017
As CNN reports, Sanders and Cuccinelli are not the first to tangle over where to cast blame for the violence in Virginia, which included a vehicular attack that left one counter-protester dead and 19 injured.
After President Donald Trump condemned the violence on “many sides” without directly naming white supremacists and neo-Nazis, he was met with bipartisan calls to name them.
As Liberals Unite reported earlier today, “After being excoriated in the press and by politicians, and having Ken Frazier, the only black member of the President’s Manufacturing Council resign in protest of his lukewarm response to the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Donald Trump finally came out against the white supremacist movement today.” But according to many, “it was too little, too late.”