In a strange exchange, a supporter of Donald Trump tried to argue to MSNBC’s Joy Reid that Breitbart, despite all the racist rhetoric and extremist propaganda that has been smeared across their website, couldn’t possibly be racist because one of their top writers is “incredibly gay.” After all, we all know the two are mutually exclusive, right?
A few days ago, the Republican nominee hired on Steve Bannon, Breitbart’s chief executive, as his campaign’s CEO. Concerns abound that Bannon will pull Trump’s struggling campaign even further to the right.
Reid addressed these serious concerns on Sunday during an interview with CNBC regular Steve Cortes.
“Do you seem comfortable being in the same camp as some of the people,” Reid asked Cortes. “The Southern Poverty Law Center has described the Trump campaign bringing Breitbart’s Bannon in as cozying up to the alt-right. And the explainer that Breitbart put up to explain who they are was written by a guy named Milo Yiannopoulos, who is known as being sort of a guru to the alt-right — he’s one of the people who hounded a comedian from Saturday Night Live off the internet with racist invective.”
“They are white nationalists.” she went on. “Does that make you uncomfortable to be in the same camp with them?”
Well, I would say they are nationalists,” Reid started out. “I wouldn’t say they are white nationalists. And Milo, by the way, who you cite, is certainly the most known member of the alt-right, he’s very provocative. He’s also incredibly gay! And very, very public about it.”
“Does that mean he can’t be a white nationalist?” Reid asked incredulously. “You say he can’t be gay and a white nationalist? Because you can.”
“No, but it argues against the idea that it’s an inherently sort of racist, retrograde white Christian –” Cortes argued before Reid interrupted him again, asking, “What does being gay have to do with it? You can be gay and racist.
After Reid had exposed just how stupid his argument was, Cortes finally backed down. “Fine, it’s a retrograde nationalist white southern movement,” he said, before finally just blurting out, “Listen, I don’t want to defend the alt-right movement!”
Watch the exchange here:
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