It is imperative that these cable news panels include people who have no fear in pushing back on Trump apologist's misinformation, lies, and false narratives.
Zerlina Maxwell did not allow this Trump spokesman to create a false narrative about the president's past statements with regards to Charlottesville. The following exchange is what must be done exactly in real time to prevent these lies to metastasize.
Jeff Ballabon is a former member of the Trump for President Advisory Board. Rick Benjamin is a writer and the author of "Searching for Whitopia."
Jeff Ballabon: You said that it was taken it was taken out of context because he was talking about all sides. But what else did he say? He said it's been going on, on all sides for many many years. He's not talking about this event. And he's right. There's been a growing hatred in this society, balkanization, identity politics, that is threatening and dangerous for many many years. Jeff Ballabon was the former member of Trump for President Advisory Board.
Zerlina Maxwell: I've heard this talking point from Right-Wing talkers all week. Identity politics? Just insert civil rights because that's what we're talking about. We're talking about equality for women and people of color. Those issues are important, and I don't want them to get sidetracked and say that identity politics or something is bad.
Jeff Ballabon: This is not a talking point. This is my reaction as someone who also grew up as a minority, and someone who also has dealt with hate throughout my life and someone who realizes that hate is bad no matter where it comes from. It doesn't matter what color it comes from. It doesn't matter what ethnicity it comes from. Hate and violence and balkanization have to be rooted out. That's the root of it. And the truth is every time I hear the president address that, I agree with that and I believe in that.
Rick Benjamin: Another tactic is to say this is a media talking point. So that doesn't excuse the more than 13 Republican senators who have come out against it, the business people, I suppose we're all in this media conspiracy. The difference between the speeches I heard, one, it was for a defined audience, i.e., the veterans and then the other speech I watched it and I was scratching my head and wondering; What's the purpose of this rally? What does it serve? Why are taxpayers paying for this man to go to Phoenix with an ill-defined message with an ill-defined purpose, and then spew this stuff?
CNN's Zerlina Maxwell rips Trump spokesman for identity politics cop-out (VIDEO) pic.twitter.com/HfYofVQDjB
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