CNN Panel Devolves Into Chaos At Mention Of Trump’s Birtherism (VIDEO)

Barry Bennett, a former adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, got into a shouting match with CNN commentator Angela Rye on Wednesday once the GOP nominee’s birtherism was brought up on a panel.

On Tuesday, Trump refused to correct the record on whether he still believes birther conspiracy theories, which hold that President Barack Obama was born outside the United States and is therefore ineligible to be President. His running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, clarified on Wednesday that he, for one, believes that Obama was born in the United States. But Trump has so far refused to talk about the issue or disavow the birther movement.

“Why doesn’t Trump follow in the steps of Mike Pence and say, ‘All right, you’re right, he was born in the U.S.? Done, over with. Stop asking me,'” CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin asked Bennett.

“Well, he probably should, right?” Bennett replied. “It was a mistake to talk about it years ago, but it would probably be a mistake to keep talking about it as well.”

Rye had more direct advice for Donald Trump: “He’s got to demonstrate to people that he’s not a bigot, that he’s not a racist, and that he’s not using racist rhetoric to pander to his very angry base right now.”

“You don’t have to prove that you’re not a racist!” Bennett protested.

“Unless you’re on the Trump campaign,” Rye fired back.

Baldwin sat in silence as Bennett and Rye yelled over each other for several minutes before finally stepping in.

“I know we have 62 days to go,” she said. “I think I’m going to leave it.”

Watch part of the exchange below:

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: