Angela Rye's passionate sentiments on today's weary politics have always been appreciated. The policial commentator and shero was given more props than usual this week when fans assumed she called an employee of President Donald Trump a b***h on CNN.
Rye's debate with Gina Loudon, a member of President Trump's 2020 Advisory Council, took place on Wednesday (Aug. 15) during Outfront with Erin Burnett. The topic at hand was the White House's refusal to disclose the number of black staffers to reporters. Loudon attempted to pivot the topic by claiming black staffers aren't needed for presidents to make executive decisions.
“I think, you know you look back at our history and we have a pretty amazing history of overcoming slavery, of expanding civil rights, of women’s rights, and a lot of those things happened under American presidents who didn’t have any minorities at all on their White Houses,” Loudon said.
Throwing slavery into the mix and denouncing the many black icons who shaped the Civil Rights Movement clearly warranted a swift response from Rye who's "but which" statement was interpreted as "wait b***h."
"What you said was deeply offensive. What I am telling you is you can't say, at least you shouldn't feel comfortable saying it in 2018 that this White House not having diversity can be akin to presidents who didn't have any black people on their staff," she said.
The clip has gone viral leading Rye to clear up the confusion. "I guarantee you as HOT as I was, I would NEVER call another commentator a b***h on-air!" the former Congressional Black Caucus Executive Director tweeted Friday (Aug. 17).
The presumed "b***h" comment wasn't the only eyebrow-raiser moment. Loudon attempted to relate to Rye by bringing up her adopted son and his race.
"I have an adopted minority son, yes, I do, who happens to have Down's syndrome. He experiences bigotry every single day in a myriad of ways, not just skin color, but also because of his disability," she said. "And I understand that you and I don't agree, but I would not support a president I believed would be a threat to his future."
"America has never been great. It is not great because people like you come on and lie for the president of the United States and tout, bring out your son as an example? You should be completely ashamed of yourself," Rye responded.
Check out the debate in full below.