During a Sunday panel discussion on CNN’s “State of the Union,” former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) railed against President Obama and complained that Republicans are so frequently labeled bigots.
Brewer was responding from comments Obama made on Friday warning against “charlatans” and “bigotry,” likely referring to Donald Trump.
“President Obama just always comes tearing after Republicans constantly, calling names and calling people bigots and racists. And that’s their big comeback, you know. And it’s absolutely ridiculous,” Brewer said. “To see a president speak like that is offensive.”
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) then jumped in to defend Obama.
“President Obama doesn’t say this about all Republicans. But he did say rightly that Donald Trump is a bigot, Donald Trump is a racist, Donald Trump is, in fact, making fascist appeals,” he said. “That’s why many self-respecting Republicans are not supporting Donald Trump.”
In response, Brewer told O’Malley that they should “discuss policy.”
“With President Obama and Hillary Clinton, every time you disagree with them, it doesn’t matter which subject it is, you’re a bigot or you’re a racist!” she said.
“No, that’s not true,” O’Malley hit back.
Later, when asked if Trump has said anything offensive, Brewer said that Trump is new to politics and has had to revise some remarks.
“But dang it, I get fed up that we hear over and over and over and over again from the President of the United States that every time somebody wants to support on the Constitution and the rule of law that we are out there because we are racist and bigots,” she said.
Watch the exchange via CNN: