Tiffany Cross, a political commentator, raised eyebrows on Thursday when she appeared on ABC’s “The View” when she commented on President Trump’s response to a recent question on police killing blacks across the U.S.
CBS News’ Catherine Herridge, who is from Fox News, asked the president a gotcha question at the White House earlier this week when she inquired about why so many African-Americans were still “dying at the hands of law enforcement” in the U.S.
Trump fired back that white people are also dying during police encounters and said it was a “terrible question.” Critics said that Herridge asked the question in such a way that there was no correct answer for the commander in chief who has no control over local police departments.
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But Cross said Trump’s response was intentional and played to his “Klan-like base.”
She listed the names of blacks who died in recent years – including Trayvon Martin who was not killed by a police officer—and said, “I think of the horrific brutality black people have faced at the hands of law enforcement, I wonder what would possess a president to say something like that, and it’s really because he’s tossing red meat to his Klan-like base that he needs so desperately to win in November.”
Cross talked about the 2020 election and, at one point, even clashed with the show’s co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, on whether or not Joe Biden needs to select a black woman as his running mate. It was Goldberg who pointed to Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., as a potentially viable pick for vice president.
Cross said other groups like evangelicals and the gun lobby make demands. But she said it’s “not how Black are you. It’s how Black are your policies? Are you willing to adopt a comprehensive agenda that addresses issues relevant to the black community? Do you have someone who can go into these communities and connect with them on an intimate level, and relate to the struggle that they have … So I don’t think there’s anything wrong with saying, yes, you have well-qualified women who are just as qualified as Sen. Tammy Duckworth — why not pick somebody who speaks to the base that upholds you, your candidacy, and this country? I don’t know why that’s a bad thing.”