CNN invited a white supremacist onto its channel to talk about Trump’s racist tweets - and helped a far-right extremist spread his views to hundreds of thousands of viewers.
In a segment on Jake Tapper’s The Lead, Richard Spencer was asked about Trump's recent attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of colour, who are all US citizens, in which he told them to “go back” to “the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”.
Spencer, who has called for “ethnic cleansing” and quoted Nazi propaganda, agreed the tweets were racist and said many white nationalists would “eat up this red meat that Donald Trump is throwing out”.
However, he complained that Trump “gives us [white supremacists] nothing outside of racist tweets”.
After the appearance, Spencer repeatedly shared the interview on his social media with his supporters celebrating it as a success.
CNN understandably came under fire for giving a platform to a full-blown white supremacist.
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