A live news segment about an anchorwoman on ESPN who called US President Donald Trump a white supremacist ended up getting way off track when the discussion turned to breasts.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin cut off sports radio host Clay Travis when he and ESPN Magazine writer Keith Reed were discussing demands from the White House that ESPN should fire Jemele Hill for her comments about Trump.
Hill, who is African-American, had written that: “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime”. She said his “rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period,” and that he is “unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”
Hill said she was just voicing her own opinion, and her supporters say free speech is protected in the US Constitution’s First Amendment. However, ESPN guidelines state that employees should “avoid personal attacks and inflammatory rhetoric”, The Washington Post reported.
During the discussion on CNN, Travis said: “I believe in only two things completely. The First Amendment, and boobs.
Wait, did you just say?” Baldwin interjected. “Wait, hold on, hold on, hold on, I just want to make sure I heard you correctly, as a woman anchoring this show. What did you just say? You believe in the First Amendment and …”
“Boobs,” Travis replied, emphatically. “Two things that have never let me down in this country’s history, the First Amendment and boobs. So those are the only two things I believe in absolutely in the country.”
While Reed jumped in, Baldwin was still wondering if she heard what she thought she had.
“I just want to make sure I’m hearing you correctly, b-o-o-z-e, or b-o-o-b-s, because as a woman, I’m …” she said before cutting off the guests.
“I’m done. I’m sorry, I’m done. I’m done, this is done. Conversation over, yanking mics. Bye. See ya.”