CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers got into it with a Donald Trump adviser on a panel Friday after comparing the Republican to segregationist George Wallace.
Sellers simply noted that Trump’s image as a populist has been overblown, saying that culturally speaking, “Trump is more George Wallace than he is Ronald Reagan.”
“That’s so wrong,” Trump adviser Boris Ephsteyn interrupted.
“Trump is speaking to people’s… a very primal, visceral…” Sellers began before he was interrupted again.
“The George Wallace comparison is absolutely ridiculous,” Ephsteyn said. “Absolutely ridiculous. There is no basis for it.”
Ephsteyn claimed that Trump “resonates with a whole spectrum of voters,” including those in the inner cities.
“You have no basis for the George Wallace comparison,” Ephsteyn told Sellers.
“I have a lot of basis,” Sellers flatly replied. “You wanna know the basis?”
“The basis is the fact that Donald Trump has been sued, not once, but twice, for failure to rent to African-Americans. The basis is the fact that the Central Park 5 got that heinous ad in the New York Times asking for them to be executed.”
“That was 40 years ago,” Ephsteyn insisted.
“I can go back to 2008,” Sellers shot back, “when he started the birther movement.”
“So that’s the basis. You asked me a question, you asked me a direct question that said what is the George Wallace comparison. And I just gave it to you!”
Ephsteyn went on to claim that the Clintons have done nothing for the inner cities while Trump would improve lives in those areas.
“How?!” Sellers yelled.
“By lowering the corporate tax rate to 15 percent,” Ephsteyn replied, immediately getting laughed at.
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