Scottie Nell Hughes, a pundit who frequents CNN and is a supporter of Donald Trump, appeared on the network this past Sunday and engaged in an interesting war of words. Hughes supported Trump calling Hillary Clinton a bigot for her criticism of extreme-right conservatives and their divisive political stances.
As reported by the good folks at Crooks and Liars, Hughes squared off against MTV’s Jamil Smith regarding Trump’s hiring of Breitbart chief editor, Steve Bannon. Breitbart, a hotbed for extreme views and reportedly racist views, has come under fire for allowing that environment to flourish. When Smith looked at the Bannon hiring as a curious thing for Trump to do considering the national debate on race matters, Hughes pushed back and tried to pin the bigot tail on Clinton.
From Crooks and Liars:
“Hillary Clinton’s problem, she’s having a problem with engagement,” Hughes opined. “And she’s worried about in November, the same very valuable demographic of the African-American vote is not going to be as engaged as they were in 2008 and 2012 to get out and vote.”
According to the pundit, Trump had been right to call Clinton a “bigot” because the term was not only about racial discrimination.
“Bigotry, if you look at the definition, it’s about someone who’s small-minded and sits there and directs hate towards a certain group,” she explained. “Hillary Clinton’s speech [attacking alt-right conservatives] was all about hate towards a group that, while my fellow counterpart might consider them to be very racist, it’s the exact opposite.”
“These are God-fearing, baby-loving, gun-toting, military-supporting, school choice-advocating Americans!” Hughes added. “And just because maybe there might be some, a part of a very small fringe group [of white supremacists] that read Breitbart — by sitting there and saying the entire website is white supremacy is kind of ridiculous as saying just because you have people that are anarchists and communists that read the Huffington Post, calling that newspaper establishment, [is like] saying that they’re pro-anarchy and they’re against the United States government.”
Smith, who earlier in the conversation linked white supremacy to Breitbart’s aims, dialed back the connection but did affirm that the network’s coverage in the past few years has those leanings.
If you must watch pundit Scottie Nell Hughes make up her own definition to bigotry to fit Trump’s needs, view the clip below.
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