Attorney Monique Pressley was on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show and schooled him on race in America during a discussion about U.S. congresswoman Maxine Waters.
“I don’t even know that she’s held up as a fountain of wisdom on racism and that that is why people, especially young people, millennials, call her ‘Auntie Maxine.’ I prefer to call her Congresswoman Waters. But what I’m saying is that the people on the left have reasons they believe that she is a listener to the issues of the day, and I think that that’s correct,” said Pressley, who once represented Bill Cosby in his sexual assault case.
“And then I also think that she has a right to say what she thinks,” she added.
When Tucker went on to opine that the country was divided, saying that we as a nation are “moving toward a separation,” Pressley tried to press him on where we were “moving” from, asking if things were better 100 years ago, or in the 1960s.
“You can describe it as bad, but I’m actually listening to what you’re saying,” Presley said patiently when Tucker seemed outraged that she pressed him for clarity. “And what you said is that we’re moving toward something. And I think that if you look at the continuum of our history that that’s just not true.”
When Tucker asked Pressley to “end the history lesson” and insisted that things were “getting bad” in the country, Pressley again disagreed.
“I don’t know that that’s true. I think what things are ‘getting’ is vocalized. I think that people who were once marginalized and oppressed now have a voice, and they’re using it, and the manner in which they use it, whether on the right or on the left, is a way that offends some.”
Tucker countered by saying that the left’s strategy was simply to “scream racism at somebody,” and again, Pressley disagreed.
“I don’t think racism is new. I think calling someone a racist when they are one may be new in that there was a time when people who were treated disproportionately negatively because of their color…”
Tucker interrupted her. “This is just getting too stupid. I’m sorry. It’s too irresponsible to just run around and say, to cast blunt libel on people without evidence,” he said.
Check out the full clip below.
.@MoniquePressley: “[@MaxineWaters] has a right to say what she thinks…we all have opinions.” #Tuckerpic.twitter.com/FHohtYn2eN
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