Sunny Hostin, co-host of “The View”, claimed that being Black Republican was an “oxymoron” because she didn’t “understand Black or Latino Republicans. This assertion drew outrage among party members on Friday with accusations of racism as well as calls for an apology.
After Lindsey Granger, guest host, said that she was a Republican, Hostin interrupted her on ABC’s daytime gabfest and said, “I feel as though that’s anoxymoron. A Black Republican.” As she continued to speak out, the panel was visibly upset. She said, “I don’t understand either of them,” referring to Ana Navarro, who is still a Republican despite her support for Democrats. Hostin said that she didn’t understand Black Republicans and Latino Republicans.
These remarks caused outrage online, from the right. All lawmakers and politicians who spoke to Fox News Digital unanimously condemned them.
Mayra Flores, a Texas Republican congressional candidate, said Hostin’s comments were racist and asked her to immediately apologize.
She said, “That’s what you call racist.” “That’s racism, right there. When someone tells you that you are racist because of your skin color, or because you come from a certain place, it’s racism.”
She said, “She owes her a huge sorry.” People from the left have told me to go back to Mexico. Because I am running as a Republican, I have been called many names. It doesn’t fit into their agenda, so the media are silent. We all owe her an apology. She is constantly spreading misinformation and disrespecting our values. Shame on her, and shame on “The View.”
Flores was born in Mexico, and she is running for a House seat at Texas’ 34th District. She said that her family was raised with conservative values, and would not abandon them. Hostin, however, “obviously does not understand our culture.” Hostin, an Afro-Latina, supports Democrats openly and laughed at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in Friday’s interview.
Flores stated that she felt it was disrespectful for Flores to speak in such a manner because she has clearly sold her values. “[Democrats] keep making promises to us. We have been taken for granted in South Texas… They want us to pretend that we don’t exist …. The Hispanic community is made up of God, family, and hard work.
Ben Carson, who ran for 2016 Republican presidential nomination and was President Trump’s Secretary Housing and Urban Development, compared Hostin’s logic to a “relic from Jim Crow.”
In a statement, Carson said that freedom is the right to choose happiness for one’s self. The impudent behavior of telling others what they should think, feel and live is an abomination and a remnant of Jim Crow. Conservative ideals such as faith, liberty and community transcend race, religion, and sex. The left is scared because more Americans are realizing this.
Paris Dennard, spokesperson for the Republican National Committee and director of Black media affairs, also condemned Hostin’s remarks.
Fox News Digital’s Sunny Hostin stated that the Republican Party is home to millions of independent-minded Black and Latino Americans. He said in a statement that he would continue to ignore any personal attacks or attempts to intimidate them from liberals like Sunny Hostin. The RNC believes that all minorities Republicans are valued, respected, and appreciated. We look forward to welcoming more people into the GOP, as well as seeing the record-breaking number of Latino and Black Republican candidates win in November.
Jennifer-Ruth Green (indian congressional candidate) tweeted her response to the clip: “Hi Sunny, I am Black and a proud Republican. I was raised to love America, value family, faith, and personal responsibility, as well as the principles of service to country. “I just wanted to introduce myself.”
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) suggested that “The View” invite him to explain why he was a Black Republican. Texas 28th District U.S. House candiate Cassy Garcia tweeted “Wow. Criticizing someone’s political views on the basis of their skin color…sounds really “woke” to me. Sunny, it’s not necessary to get your approval Sunny.
The offices of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only Black Senate Republican, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who are both Cuban-Americans, declined to comment. Scott was subject to racialized attacks by the left for not supporting Ketanji Brown, the Supreme Court nominee, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who will be the first Black woman on that court, when she replaces retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
These sentiments against right-leaning media are not uncommon. Joy Reid, MSNBC’s host, last year compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a conservative Cuban-American senator, to Stephen, the treacherous houseslave in “Django Unchained.” She also called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “Uncle Clarence”, a reference to the demeaning term “Uncle Tom,” which is used to refer to Blacks who are considered to be submissive to Whites.
Cruz’s office responded to a question about Hostin by pointing to his tweet in which he criticized Hostin’s “blatant racism”.
He wrote, “It’s easy to understand.” We like low taxes, secure borders, free speech, and protection of life. We also want school choice and don’t want socialists running the economy.
In a Los Angeles Times column last year, Larry Elder, a California Republican gubernatorial hopeful, was called “the Black face of White supremacy.” And, in an Elie Mystal column last month, far-left The Nation correspondent Elie Mystal wrote that Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker was “an animated Caricature of a Black person drawn and edited by white conservatives… The Walker campaign exists only as a political minstrel program: a colorful rendition of how white Republicans believe Black people sound and look and sound and look and sound and act like.”
Walker is the frontrunner for the GOP nomination to face Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) this fall. He responded to “Hannity.”
A spokesperson for “The View”, however, did not respond to a request for comment.