A recent CNN segment that covered President Donald Trump’s purported slur about “sh**hole countries” devolved into a screaming match when a pastor cited scripture in defense of the commander-in-chief.
April Ryan, White House correspondent for Urban Radio, got into a heated exchange with Pastor Mark Burns, a faith leader who has long supported Trump, during a joint appearance on “Erin Burnett OutFront.”
Ryan argued that there aren’t enough Republicans hitting back at Trump over comments he reportedly made during a closed-door Oval Office meeting on Thursday about people coming to the U.S. from “sh**hole countries.”
“He is the president of all America … not his base, not Trumpland, not white America,” Ryan said, with Burns jumping in to note that the American people didn’t directly hear what Trump actually said.
“I think we should understand who all was in the room,” he said. “We weren’t in the room. We’re only using information based on people who were in the room.”
Host Erin Burnett seemed skeptical when Burns noted that at least two Republicans who were there have denied hearing Trump make the “sh**hole countries” comments, calling their failure to recall “B.S.”
“If he said s-holes, he was talking about countries that are clearly not taking care of their own people,” Burns said, before citing a Bible verse. “The Bible clearly says in 1 Timothy Chapter 5 verse 8 that a man that does not take care of his own home … is worse than an infidel.”
That’s when Ryan jumped in and the two got into a furious clash that led Burnett to proclaim that she couldn’t hear and to ask everyone to stop speaking over one another.
Watch the chaos unfold below: