During an intense discussion about racism in the Republican party fueled by the rhetoric of President Donald Trump, CNN panelist and Democratic strategist Angela Rye was brought to tears when former one-term Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) acknowledge that Trump exhibits racist behavior.
The discussion centered around the normalization of racism, specifically how Black children have the police called on them for nothing. The panel was discussing the two brothers who had police called on them for delivering newspapers when Jolly made his statement and Rye responded.
"I'm told every day I'm on air that I'm racist because I call out racism," Rye said as she began to grow emotional.
"That is maddening to me. And I'm crying about it because it's crazy," she cried.
"That somebody who is a colleague of mine like [Republican] Alice [Stewart] could at least acknowledge that fact," Rye continued. "That is so frustrating. We're supposed to be talking about a 12-year-old boy who was just trying to deliver newspaper and the police are calling him in Ohio where Tamir Rice was killed in the same age. I want to be acknowledged and see that this is not OK for our children. This is not OK for the future direction of this country. So, I want to say, I commend you for saying what you said. It means the world to me."
"Angela, I love you. And it breaks my heart to hear you talk like that and feel that. And I hate that you feel that way. This is such an emotional issue. And I think the point that you made that is so awful to admit is that this has been going on for many, many years and it is boiling over the surface now," Steward said.
"The only -- in my view, the only takeaway in the light -- bright light of this is that we're able to have these conversations and talk about them. And I hate and I'm sorry that you feel like you do."