Former Fox News host Eric Bolling walked off a live TV debate over the new Georgia election law Wednesday during the BBC’s broadcast of “Newsnight.”
“Because I’m white you think I’m racist? That’s BS,” Bolling said after fellow guest Aisha Mills turned the focus of the debate to his race. She said it was “really rich” to hear “a white man” claim he cares about the economic conditions of black communities and businesses. (RELATED: ‘Impossible To Square His Argument’ — ‘Morning Joe’ Panel Hammers Biden For Punting On Masters After Stance On MLB All-Star Game)
The debate began to unravel when host Emily Maitlis asked Bolling if he would be boycotting the companies that have taken action against Georgia in response to their election law.
“Major League Baseball pulled the All Star game from Atlanta. Atlanta is 50% African American, and they did it on the heels of what Aisha has been told has been fed from the Biden administration that somehow this voting rule is bad for African Americans in the state of Georgia,” Bolling responded. “They pulled it from the state of Georgia and put it into Denver, Colorado, at 9.7% African American.”
Mills, seemingly frustrated at what Bolling was saying, attempted to interrupt him, but Maitlis stopped her and allowed him to continue.
“9.7% African-American representation in Denver. Here’s what they did to the African-American community,” Bolling continued. “They took $100 million of revenue, they took 8,000 booked hotel rooms, and they moved them out of the state and put them in a state, and a city, with far less diversity than the city of Atlanta.”
He went on to say that if Mills wanted to complain about the law, then she should “take it up with Stacey Abrams,” who said the boycott of the state was a mistake. He also said she should take it up with Georgia’s two senators, referring to Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who Bolling stated also said it was a mistake.
“The point that Stacey Abrams was making is that actually businesses are hurting Atlanta more by moving stuff out and by the activism and the stance they’re taking,” Maitlis said, to which Bolling responded that she was correct. Maitlis then asked Mills if she wanted to respond to Bolling.
“I do because I think it’s really rich for any Republican, especially a white man, to run around and claim they care about the economic condition of black communities and black businesses when that’s all a lie. Okay?” she said.
Bolling became visibly frustrated and said, “That is not fair. That is insulting and not fair to say that. You don’t know me. You don’t know who I am,” before Maitlis cut him off and told him to let Mills finish.
“What I am is a black person in America, and everything these voting laws stand for, and what they look like, are reminiscent to the Jim Crow policies that my family has lived under,” she continued. “And how dare you try to act like you are somehow a proponent of black people in businesses just to make a point and to try to create a wedge. It’s ignorant and it’s just disrespectful.”
“That’s disgusting! I’m done! Put me off! That’s disgusting! I’m nowhere near anything you’re painting me to be, and the problem with American politics is exactly that! Because I’m white you think I’m racist! That’s BS! I’m done!” Bolling shouted before getting up from his seat and walking out of view of the camera.
Maitlis then asked Bolling if he could stay for one more question, to which he came back into the camera’s view and sat down saying, “I don’t know why I’m staying here. I don’t know why. I need an apology. I need an apology.”
“I’m not going to apologize for being offended,” Mills responded.
“I’m done!” Bolling said, as he walked off the set.