Michaela Angela Davis, a “cultural critic,” said during a CNN interview Wednesday morning that she believes everyone who voted for President Donald Trump is racist.
Davis was a part of a panel discussing Roseanne Barr’s recent racist tweets and the subsequent cancellation of her TV show. She insisted that the Barr incident was simply evidence that Trump has emboldened people in the U.S. to be more open about their racism and bigotry.
“Tens of millions of people voted for him after [Trump] showed his cards for years,” Davis said.
“Are you suggesting that they’re racist?” CNN anchor John Berman challenged.
“Yes, yes,” Davis asserted.
Berman asked Davis again if she believes all Trump voters are racist and she confirmed that she believes every single person who voted for him is racist in some manner.
“They may not be violently racist, they may not be, um — he’s targeted, he’s very clear and strategic,” she said. “We have to grapple with the idea that if you heard someone at their rally say, ‘build a wall, kill them all…'” she continued.
Anchor Alisyn Camerota interrupted Davis, insisting that she can’t “paint with that broad a brush stroke” because people of all political stripes ignore things they are uncomfortable with if they like a politician’s policies.
“What you’re not hearing is that there are so many different levels of racism and how it works itself out,” Davis countered. “There are levels to how it is acted out, and most of the time we are operating in racist structures.”