You know something truly out-of-bounds was said about President Trump when MSNBC comes to his defense. Former CNN contributor and current NewsOne Now host Roland Martin called President Trump a “crackhead”.
The insult prompted MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle to demand Martin show respect for President Trump. Yes — hell has frozen over.
Appearing on MSNBC’s 11 a.m. ET hour on Tuesday, NewsOne Now host Roland Martin said something so offensive about President Trump that even liberal anchor Stephanie Ruhle had to object. Discussing the President giving an unusually political speech to the Boy Scouts on Monday, Martin launched into a tirade: “Here’s the deal, large rallies for Donald Trump – that’s his crack. He is addicted to it. He is a crackhead when it comes to large crowds.”
Ruhle was forced to interrupt her guest and scold him for his nasty attack: “Hold on. Roland – Roland, hold on a second. Hold on – we’re talking about being respectful. This is the president – ” Martin insisted: “No, no, no, follow me here….follow me, Stephanie – ” Ruhle continued to admonish him: “Hold on a second, no. This is the President of the United States. If you want to say he’s an adrenaline addict, if you want to say this fires him up, fine. You’re not going to say it’s his crack.”
Adjusting his language slightly, Martin ranted: “That’s his fix….When he gets in front of a large crowd, he loses it.” The left-wing commentator proclaimed: “He’s gonna keep doing this, and you sat there and listened to it, and it was horrible….I’m sorry, that was despicable and I would like to respect the President, but can he please respect the office?”
Martin was suspended and then fired after tweeting a homophobic joke.
After H&M’s Super Bowl spot, which featured an almost-naked David Beckham, Martin tweeted, “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!”
GLAAD replied, “@rolandsmartin Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT”, and ultimately issued a statement demanding Martin’s removal from CNN, citing “a history of anti-LGBT views” and an item from 2006 in which he referred to homosexuality as “sinful behavior.”
After an extended period of silence, CNN has suspended political contributor Roland Martin for his controversial tweets that were interpreted as homophobic by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and others.
“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,” CNN said in a statement sent to The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple. “Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.