Republican strategist Rick Wilson got into a heated debate with conservative radio host John Fredericks while discussing President Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” comment.
Fredericks argued that Trump’s comments were not about “race” but rather “economic.”
“Hearing John’s defense of Trump, and of this overtly racist aspect of it, it shocks me that we still have people [like this] in this country,” Wilson said.
“Don’t bother calling yourself a conservative if you don’t believe there’s a way where people who come and embrace the proposition of this country can become Americans,” he told Fredericks. “Because we’ve worked very hard in this country to accept people from around the world and of varying backgrounds.”
“You know what, John? I’m sure your ancestors here weren’t descended from the Mayflower in some cloud of heavenly light. I’m sure they came here from Ireland, Germany, Italy or somewhere else. You know what? Back then, they were the shithole people. Back then, they were the people who were looked down upon,” Wilson continued.
“Go on Amazon, order yourself a pointy white hat, head down to Home Depot and get the wood to build a burning cross,” he told Fredericks.
“Well, it’s about economics, Rick. You can throw all the insults you want, and I appreciate it,” Fredericks replied before Wilson interrupted him.
“No, John. You don’t appreciate it. You’re a weak, impotent person who can’t handle the fact that there are people who don’t look like you, who want to come to this country because our system is awesome,” Wilson said. “You hate that, you hate it so much, because you’re so weak inside.”
“That’s your substantive argument to me, Rick Wilson?” Fredericks asked.
“John, I will gut you like a fish on this show if you want to keep this up,” Wilson replied.
“Let me respond with a substantial answer. You can insult me all you want, go ahead and do what you can — tweet it out for your 500 followers,” Fredericks countered. “Here’s the bottom line: This is not about race. The president said for two years he is going to curtail immigration into this country, which drives down wages for the American worker.”
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"Don't bother calling yourself a conservative if you don't believe that there's a way where people who come and embrace the proposition of this country can become Americans," says Republican strategist Rick Wilson https://t.co/OZ8Y0bDTGh
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) January 12, 2018