An MSNBC panel devolved into a racist shouting match on Wednesday after two contributors got into a heated argument.
The contributors, one who was black and the other who was white, began fighting over what constitutes racism.
The two discussed White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and how he criticized a black reporter for having an “agenda” and called on her to “at some point report the facts.”
Many would argue that Spicer’s attack wasn’t racist, but rather it showed how frustrated he is with the media and their constant off-topic questions.
Political analyst and MSNBC guest Jason Johnson, a black man, suggested that Spicer was racist.
“The rhetoric and the behavior of this administration from top to bottom has demonstrated a lack of respect and a lack of consideration for people of color,” he argued on MSNBC. “I’m not surprised and this seems par for the course for how they’ve operated.”
American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, a white man, disagreed with Johnson, saying that the black reporter was often permitted by Spicer “to ask multiple questions at every briefing.”
“I think that was a moment where he pushed back and got feisty with a reporter who he has a very good rapport with on most days,” Schlapp maintained. “This is not racism.”
See the exchange below: