Ever since the election of #Donald Trump, the mood in the United States has become even more divisive than during the campaign. Opposition to Trump's election win can be seen in the form of various protests that have taken place on an almost daily basis, but supporters of the president-elect are not happy about it, which has often been highlighted on #CNN.
In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, thousands of protesters took to the streets across America and voiced their displeasure of Donald Trump pulling off one of the biggest upsets in recent history. While Hillary Clinton has watched her lead in the popular vote grow to nearly two million, a presidential election is decided solely on the electoral college, which Trump was able to come out ahead. As protesters clash with Trump supporters, those who stand by the president-elect have made a habit of lashing out at the opposition, as pointed out by former CNN host #Soledad O'Brien on November 23.
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) November 23, 2016
Earlier this week, network contributor Jeffery Lord appeared to blame liberal protesters for the rise of neo-Nazi support for Donald Trump during an interview on "Anderson 360" on CNN. "The left, whether it's Black Lives Matter or La Raza," Lord said, before adding, "Groups that identify themselves by race provoked this group to identify by race." Many accused Lord of indirectly comparing protesters to Nazis by linking them all together by identifying groups by race, but he was quickly called out by a former host on the network.
CNN's Jeffrey Lord says the left, "whether it's Black Lives Matter or La Raza," provoked neo-Nazi group: https://t.co/HOEQpLFVIA— Media Matters (@mmfa) November 23, 2016
Soledad O'Brien, a former host and current network contributor, lashed out at CNN for allowing Lord to make his aforementioned comments. After CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour called for "real reporting across a real nation" on her Twitter account, O'Brien was quick to respond. "On @cnn yesterday guest Jeffery Lord said post-election protesters were equivalent to Nazis," O'Brien wrote, before adding "CNN might want to examine it's own journalism."
(Lord's original comments can be seen the above video.)
Despite the growing support for Donald Trump among white nationalists, the former host of "The Apprentice" has gone on the record to disavow the groups. While Trump has attempted to distance himself from the controversial rhetoric, his addition of Breitbart News' Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist, an accused white nationalist and alleged anti-Semite, has raised doubts in the mind of many Americans.