During a heated exchange on CNN, panelist Angela Rye had to let Trump campaign adviser Gina Loudon know she needs to come correct when discussing slavery.
During the Wednesday night exchange, the panel discussed the White House’s lack of diversity in and the administration’s refusal to disclose the number of Black staffers working in the West Wing. When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to reveal the number during a press conference, she said she wasn’t “going to go through and do a count.”
In the discussion, Rye blasted the administration for having no Black people in the West Wing, especially since Omarosa didn’t have an office in the coveted wing of the White House. In response, Loudon attempted to say there were white presidents in the past who did “great things” without having Black staffers.
“I think, you know you look back at our history and we have a pretty amazing history of overcoming slavery, of expanding civil rights, of women’s rights, and a lot of those things happened under American presidents who didn’t have any minorities at all on their White Houses,” Loudon said.
Rye immediately shut down Loudon and said she could not “successfully name one Black person that works in the West Wing.”
“So regardless of your points about slavery, which are nonsense ― I hope you R.I.P. those talking points tonight, they should never be resurrected ― I’m telling you that it’s a problem in this White House, with this staff, and the reason why is because it’s slim pickings,” Rye said. “You know why? Because no one wants to go work for a racist.”
Loudon then went on and tried to guilt-trip Rye by claiming she has an “adopted minority son” with Down syndrome and would never support a president who is going to be a threat to her son’s future.
“Well, you are,” Rye responded.