CNN reporter Jake Tapper observed in a Tuesday broadcast of “The Lead” that former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s (R) announced bid for the White House for president reveals a “very ugly side of the left.”
“The New York Times opinion writer Wajahat Ali made very critical comments yesterday or maybe Sunday about Governor Nikki Haley, who is now running for president,” Tapper told his panel and audience. “Take a look.”
The show then played a clip of Ali appearing on MSNBC, saying, “She uses her brown skin as a weapon against poor black folks and poor brown folks, and she uses her brown skin to launder white supremacist talking points. The reason I feel sad is because no matter what she does, it will never be enough. They’ll never love her.”
Democrat strategist Paul Begala condemned Ali’s comments, opining, “I think the fact she got to be the governor of South Carolina with brown skin is a very impressive accomplishment. I don’t think it’s something people should be ridiculing her about. I think it’s a terrible thing to say about her.”
Tapper appeared to agree with Begala’s remarks.
“You see some people on the left noting that Nikki is not her original first name. I think that is her middle name. It’s not true, and these are the same people who objected to whenever Republicans would say ‘Barack Hussein Obama,’” he said. “I mean, there is a very ugly side of the left that comes out when Nikki Haley runs for office.”
A user shared a clip of Tapper’s broadcast to Twitter, commenting, “Left self-reflection.”
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“The Lead” show may be in trouble —CNN has been hit with yet another scandal after Tapper’s top producer was fired from the network after “hooking up with a subordinate,” Fox News reports.
The New York post covered the story as well, revealing that Tapper’s executive producer, Federico Quadrani, got the boot from CNN earlier this month after it was revealed he allegedly slept with an underling.
Tapper’s show has reportedly suffered in the rating department in recent times.