CNN Panelist Calls Co-Panelist a “Mediocre Negro”


By Kody Fairfield

During a segment on CNN, contributor and Morehouse College professor Marc Lamont Hill told a fellow panelist that they he and others were “mediocre negro(s),” due to their support of President-elect Donald Trump.

The comments came during a conversation started by CNN host Don Lemon. Lemon brought up TV show host Steve Harvey and his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump last week. Hill was asked to respond, when he went into a diatribe against Harvey saying, “They keep bringing up comedians and and actors, athletes to represent black interests. It’s demeaning, it’s disrespectful, and it’s condescending. Bring some people up there with expertise, Donald Trump, don’t just bring up people to entertain.”

Co-panelist Bruce Levell, the former GOP chair for Georgia and executive director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, during Hill’s protest, can be heard disapproving of the comments being made. Levell responded to Hill asking if Hill was present for the conversation, and if he knew exactly what was happening behind the closed doors. Levell mentioned that Trump also had a team dedicated to bridging the gap between minority groups and Trump’s team. He then asked Hill, “Pastor Darryl Scott, Mike Cohen, they are in the process of bringing all types of people from all over the country, from all different backgrounds. Remember the diversity coalition where we reached out to all different types of people?”

Hill quickly and in a bit of agitation responded, “Yeah, it was a bunch of mediocre Negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op for Donald Trump’s exploitative campaign against black people. And you are a prime example of that.”


Separately, after seeing Hill’s comments, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who also supported Trump, responded with a series of tweets:

Hill also took to Twitter to defend himself.


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