MSNBC host Tamron Hall found herself scrambling to downplay the number of black Donald Trump supporters after one such supporter rebuked her attempt to link the Trump campaign with white supremacists.
Hall was discussing the ongoing presidential race with Mother Jones editor David Corn when the discussion turned to former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke’s recent positive remarks about Trump and Trump’s alleged failure to adequately denounce Duke.
“Now you have reports saying, listen, what about his supporters, what are we learning about his supporters, the new people truly that he is, to his point, bringing into the fold?” Hall asked. Just then, Hall noted an MSNBC reporter had obtained footage of Trump backers at a Monday rally, and cut away to view said footage.
But if Hall was expecting more evidence that Trump’s campaign is built upon white supremacy, she was in for a nasty surprise. Instead, the video showcased Frank Vick, a black man who denounced the recent Duke furor as media-driven nonsense.
“David Duke and people like that, they come out from under the rocks all the time around this time of year. It’s got nothing to do with Donald Trump,” Vick said. “I think we need to stop with all the racist stuff and all the race-baiting … Nobody [is] paying David Duke no mind.”
Hall’s shock was evident following Vick’s remarks and she scrambled to downplay any support Trump has among black Americans.
“Um, clearly, let me just be clear,” Hall said. “Obviously the majority of Donald Trump’s supporters are not African-American. I don’t know how many African Americans were in that, that building, but that is one, uh, person that, uh, we have chosen to cut that sound from, uh, David.”
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