CNN contributor Bakari Sellers called President Donald Trump a “white” supremacist and that racial animous did not start with the current president and warned that a “reckoning” will happen. “This did not start with Donald Trump and it’s not going to end when he is rooted out of the White House. This is the underbelly of the United States of America and this is something that we have to have a reckoning with, that we are having a reckoning with and people have to understand that,” Sellers warned.
BAKARI SELLERS, CNN: When you hear the president of the united states and the resolve to come down on the side and legacy of white supremacy. The president is a white supremacist, you have to affirmly believe that we have so far to go. This is not new. And I don’t want people to get outraged simply over the president’s statement. He is harkening back on a time of leadership like George Wallace, Lester Maddox, like Bull Connor. He’s going back to a time of Medger Evers, and Jimmy Lee Jackson and Goodman, Schwerner and Cheney. And what the president doesn’t understand is the history of this country. I firmly believe that the ignorance that the president of the United States displays and articulates day in and day out, it adds gasoline to the fire. Because his followers — there is 35% of the country that still adheres to absolutely everything he says. The president is a danger. He truly is a danger and what people — I firmly believe this and people are going to — ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: Bakari, what if the president actually, he doesn’t read, he doesn’t read history but you said he doesn’t understand the history. What if he does understand the history and he’s doing it because he understands the history? I mean, that’s also a possibility. It’s a sickening possibility. SELLERS: That’s a sick — I don’t give him that much credit. I believe the president to be racist. I believe the president to be a white supremacist. I do not believe he is the architect of trying to espouse these racial ideologies and racial supremacist ideologies forward. I just think he’s in this moment. He’s using racism as a political currency. I think people around him, the Stephen Miller’s of the world, may be more what you’re talking about. But regardless, what I’m attempting to say is this did not start with Donald Trump and it’s not going to end when he is rooted out of the White House. This is the underbelly of the United States of America and this is something that we have to have a reckoning with, that we are having a reckoning with and people have to understand that.