Charles Barkley is a retired NBA basketball player and on-air personality with Inside The NBA, so it’s clear that he won’t be confused for a political analyst. That didn’t stop parent company Turner from having the outspoken Barkley talk politics, in which he slammed GOP hopeful Donald Trump and CNN, which is hosting the next GOP presidential debate.
During the broadcast of the New York Knicks and Sacremento Kings contest Thursday night, the Inside The NBA team decided to talk the upcoming debate. CNN is hosting the GOP debate next week and used this moment to promote the event. As one can imagine, Barkley went off like only he can.
From The Washington Post:
“This Donald Trump thing has been fascinating, sad, funny. It’s all over the place,” Barkley said to start, before turning to Trump’s attacks on illegal immigrants. “Living in Arizona, I think the Hispanics are amazing people. To lump all Hispanics together, that was insulting. Now to lump all the Muslims together, that’s even more insulting. … To try to divide and conquer, which is what the Republicans always do, it’s just sad. … And then you got these losers who love that because they’re afraid to look in the mirror and say why their life sucks. So they have to blame other people. Your life sucks because of you, not because of Hispanics.”
“CNN has done an awful job this election, an awful job,” he said. “They have followed ratings and soundbites this entire cycle. I love CNN because they’re part of our company, but they’ve been kissing butt, chasing ratings. They’ve become like Fox News for the Republicans. They follow every single soundbite just to get ratings for these debates. And it’s been sad and frustrating that our company has sold its soul for ratings.”
Pretty safe to say that Charles Barkley won’t be invited on CNN anytime soon, right?
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