Judge Jeanine Pirro’s racist rhetoric caught up to her in a recent Washington Journal appearance on C-SPAN when a man from Texas—who at first appeared to be a supporter of President Donald Trump—ended up taking her, Trump, and the Republican party to task for their anti-immigrant rhetoric and their utter hostility toward Latinx people in general.
The man—who did not give his name—skewered Pirro for her “anti-people with brown skin” rhetoric. Pirro only grimaced as he told her that stances like hers motivated the racist who murdered 22 people in El Paso last month to stop the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
“Our president and our beautiful first lady, they went down to El Paso, Texas,” the man said, “And they posed with a baby that the president’s rhetoric, Fox News’ rhetoric, your rhetoric had helped to orphan.”
Things went downhill from there:
“[Those killed in El Paso] weren’t Mexicans; those were the Americans. That guy that went down to El Paso to shoot a bunch of Mexicans, he shot a bunch of Americans. And I’m really tired of this anti-immigrant, anti-people-with-brown-skin rhetoric that’s coming out of Fox News, coming out of people like you, and coming out of our president. It’s demeaning, it’s beneath the office, it’s beneath you. You used to be a judge — you know better. It’s time that that stopped.”
Though Pirro didn’t interrupt during the man’s speech, she did respond, saying:
“Look, you know what, I refuse to accept your recitation of the facts. You are dead wrong. The problem in this country is not the color of anyone, and don’t you dare accuse me of any kind of issue related to color.”
Interestingly enough, “I refuse to accept your recitation of the facts” sums up Pirro quite nicely.
People on Twitter applauded the man for calling her out.
Love it!!!! I can’t stand that woman and I can NOT believe she was ever a judge!!!
— Lynette (@LynetteAgueda1) September 13, 2019
I liked that caller…
— SirCroon (@SirCroon) September 13, 2019
— Kate McClanaghan (@mcclanaghan_k) September 13, 2019
This made my day! “Those were Americans he shot”
— ItsAllGoode (@itsallgoodenews) September 13, 2019
Pirro just finished up a suspension from Fox after Islamophobic rhetoric against Democratic Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
The man’s takedown is unlikely to change Pirro’s rhetoric, of course, but it’s refreshing to see her confronted so starkly about the impact of her words.
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