It’s been awhile since we’ve seen former Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson, and her return to the airwaves is a powerful reminder why the White House has been keeping her hidden in the backwaters of the 2020 campaign operation.
During an appearance on “Politics Nation” Saturday evening, Pierson was asked by host Al Sharpton about the lack of diversity in the Trump administration:
“Historically, Republicans and Democrats have had major figures of the black community in the West Wing as part of their senior staff and administration. Who are the blacks in the West Wing under President Trump?”
Rather than respond, Pierson responded to the question with a question of her own:
“You mean those who actually took the job or those who’ve been offered? Because those are entirely different questions. I was offered Sarah Sanders’ job.”
Sensing that his guest was trying to avoid the question, Sharpton interjected:
“I can understand why you’re nervous.”
That made Pierson defensive, and she declared:
“I’m not going to participate if you’re going to continue to paint this president as racist.
“There’s plenty of black people in the West Wing.”
“Well, I asked you to name them, and you started telling me… you turned down…”
Clearly angered, Pierson commented:
“Because I’m not going to participate in the attempt to make this all about race. It’s ridiculous. How many black people were in Abraham Lincoln’s West Wing?
“Is Abraham Lincoln a racist because he didn’t have a black person in the White House? The this is insane. This is an insane discussion.”
Finally, Sharpton completely destroyed Pierson by telling her:
“You can’t name a black in the West Wing because we can’t find one, Katrina. I pity you. I’d sympathize with you, but telling me you applied, and other people…? Come on.
“It’s unthinkable in the 21st century that even a spokesperson for President Trump can’t name a black in the West Wing.”
It is indeed unthinkable, but it’s not the least bit surprising when you consider this is the very same Donald Trump who refused to rent to African-Americans and tried to suggest that President Obama had been born in Kenya.
Is Donald Trump a racist? As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words.
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