Monday, January 23, 2017
Racist media figure comments on audience at Trump's inauguration
An ABC anchor has sparked outrage after calling Trump's inauguration audience 'the ice cream of America'. Byron Pitts, who is the co-anchor of Nightline, made the comment on Friday to ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
He said: 'You said earlier how Donald Trump is an optics guy. He said, talking about Michael Pence, "He looked the part." 'Think about this crowd and think about the divided America. We talked about the noise of the racial divide, this is the whisper of the racial divide in America.
'Now think back to when President Obama took office for the first time, how diverse the crowd was. You saw the rainbow of America.
'Today this looks like the ice cream of America. Right? It is an overwhelmingly white audience.'
He continued: 'Donald Trump clearly is the president of blue-collar America. He talked about the forgotten people.
'Well, there are a lot of folk who will see today and feel forgotten, because they don't see themselves in the audience.'
Twitter users criticized Pitts for his remark, which came during ABC's coverage of the inaugural parade.
One user tweeted: '@byronpitts - You sir are a racist. When BO was elected no one said "the his support came from blacks even though 99% supported him.'
Another person said: '@byronpitts stop being such a racist, Trump hater. Be an AMERICAN for 1 day at least for crying out loud. Trump loves America.'
'@byronpitts The "ice cream of America"? You racist f***... Way to contribute to the divide,' a Twitter user said.