Today, CNN panelist Nina Turner broke silence on Sunday morning’s “State of the Union” and argued that the current situation in Virginia had “nothing to do with President Donald Trump.”
Host Jake Tapper began by asking Dem. California Rep. Nanette Barragán about the situation with the Democrats in Virginia, because if the top three Democrats resign (one amid allegations of rape and two more for admitting to appearing in blackface) the governorship would fall to a Republican.
Rep. Nanette Barragán responded that Democrats should not be prevented from doing the right thing, but then she turned all of the blame on President Trump.
“We can’t forget about the person dividing us and who is injecting this into the country. We haven’t seen it be this bad in recent time until the president has really made this a race issue whether it’s about African-Americans, certainly he’s doing it all over the board with immigrants, but we need to have this conversation.” she said.
Then president of Our Revolution, Nina Turner, interrupted her, and brought the show’s conversation to a dead stop.
“Jake, I cannot. I just can’t. 1984, 1980, Gucci just a few days ago,” she said as she shook her head. “This is not about president Donald Trump. This is about racism in the United States of America. Congresswoman, I hear you, but on this, we’re not blaming President Trump.”
Dem. Rep. Nanette Barragán tried to bring the blame back around to President Trump, but Nina Turner kept going.
“I’m not going to continue to let politicians use this man as the excuse to deal with racism in this country,” she said. “It’s been going on for far too long in the United States of America. We need some real truth and reconciliation.”
Tina Turner went on to concede that, while she believes that the president “is a racist,” it’s still a cop-out to suggest that somehow he or his party are the only ones with the problem.
“But as we’ve seen, Democrats delve in racism as well. We’ve got to stop making this about who is a Republican, who is a Democrat. I want to know who is a humanitarian? Who going to stand up for people’s lives, starting with black people’s lives. Everyone’s life is taken care of.”
Turner concluded by repeating her first initial point, that the situation in Virginia had no connection to the White House.
“So no more about this — these three men,” she stated. “It had nothing to do with President Trump. What Lieutenant Governor Fairfax is going through don’t have nothing to do with President Trump. Northam wearing blackface don’t have nothing to do with Donald Trump. Herring, he has nothing to do with Donald Trump.”