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WATCH: MSNBC hosts destroy Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson's pathetic attempts to justify her candidate's racism

Joy Reid and Lawrence O'Donnell were in rare form over the weekend, to say the least


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 6, 2016 4:27PM (UTC)

On Sunday, Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson appeared on MSNBC to defend her candidate's most recent racist comments, and though she fought mightily against the patent content of his statements, host Joy Reid and guest Lawrence O'Donnell refused to allow her to get away with obfuscating the obvious.

Pierson began by claiming that Trump didn't criticize Judge Gonzalo Curiel because solely because he was Mexican, and had mentioned specific rulings made by the judge that earned him the candidate's ire. It's the media's fault, she said, that Trump keeps appearing to be a racist. Reid, however, was having none of it.

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"The reason the media constantly talks about Donald Trump and his issues with Americans who are non-white is because he keeps bringing it up," she said. "Nobody asked him about the judge’s background, or the judge’s ethnicity."

"He brought it up on his own, and when he was asked if that would also apply to Muslims, he -- on his own, without being prompted said -- ‘Yeah, actually that’s a problem.’ He’s bringing these things up."

Pierson insisted that it was a media conspiracy. "No," she said, "the media has a problem with Donald Trump and race." She tried to explain away his "My African-American" comment last week, which simply incensed Reid.

"The media is reporting on what Donald Trump's saying, and that is why his statements on race come out, because he’s saying them, and the media is reporting on it," she said.

Lawrence O'Donnell attempted to appeal to Pierson on a human level, but she clearly lacked the humanity required for such an appeal to be effective.

"I’m just wondering -- how would you feel if a member of your family was in that position that that judge is in? [If] a member of your family’s integrity as a judge was called into question on the basis that you’ve laid out here today -- which is that the media has labeled Donald Trump a racist?" he asked. "If that judge was related to you, and Donald Trump wanted that judge knocked off of this case, how would you feel about that?"

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Watch the entire segment below via MSNBC.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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