Paris Dennard tore apart a former Clinton staffer for suggesting that he hadn’t faced racism.
In a heated exchange on CNN on Monday, former Clinton staffer and CNN contributor Keith Boykin questioned whether African-American Trump supporter Paris Dennard was truly African-American.
Boykin attacked Dennard for his support of President Trump, saying, “I’m ashamed that you, as an African-American, will not say that [Trump is racist].”
“I am well aware of my blackness and don’t need you to try to classify me as being [African-American],” Dennard responded.
“Are you?” Boykin yelled back.
“Do not go there,” Dennard warned. “I know what it means to be a black man in this country, and I have experienced racism on a regular basis.”
Boykin questioned Dennard’s experiences, which set the Trump supporter off.
“I get racist comments about my family, about my mother, about my girlfriend, about my character, every single day,” he said. “My family’s from Georgia. We have members of my family that went missing because of the KKK taking them up. So don’t come to me and tell me about what it means to be a black person in this country!”
“I asked you a question,” Boykin interjected. “Calm down and answer the question.”
CNN host Brooke Baldwin begged her guests to keep the conversation civil.
The two men then shot barbs back and forth regarding Dennard’s support for the president.
At one point, Boykin told Dennard to “shut up,” which prompted Baldwin to bury her head in her hands.
Boykin courted controversy on CNN in May, when he told ex-Navy SEAL Trump supporter Carl Higbie that he was “embarrassing” his country.
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