The vicious personal attacks that liberals deploy to silence debate are often met with capitulation, but every once in a while, a brave soul pushes back.
Former Fox News star Eric Bolling stormed off the set of BBC’s Newsnight after a liberal guest suggested he was racist during a debate on Georgia’s new voting law, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.
“Because I’m white, you think I’m racist?” Bolling said. “I’m done.”
“All a lie”
Up to a point, Bolling and fellow guest Aisha Mills were simply talking past each other. Bolling criticized “woke” corporations for “alienating” their conservative customers, while Mills stuck closely to the “Jim Crow” playbook, arguing that conservatives have to “rig” elections because “they lose” otherwise.
Things escalated when Mills levied a racial attack at Bolling, accusing him of feigning concern over the welfare of Black people hurt by Major League Baseball’s decision to boycott Georgia at the behest of President Joe Biden and Democrats.
Bolling had pointed out that none other than Stacey Abrams, a Black woman and left-wing operative, had lamented the effects of MLB’s decision. But in Mills’ view, Bolling’s identity rendered the point moot.
“I think it’s really rich for any Republican, especially a white man, to run around and claim that they care about the economic condition of Black communities and Black businesses when that’s all a lie,” she said, according to the Examiner.
The segment came to an abrupt stop when Bolling decided he’d had enough “BS.” He said he would stay if Mills apologized, but she refused.
“I’m done. Put me off. That’s disgusting,” Bolling fired back, according to the Examiner. “I am nowhere near anything you are painting me to be, and the problem with American politics is exactly that. Because I’m white, you think I’m racist? That’s BS.”
According to those on the left, Georgia’s newest voting measure is racist, and anyone who disagrees with that assessment is, too. Of course, this is their take on virtually every topic of importance: anyone not on their side is a bigot who should be ignored.
It’s difficult to argue with such sweeping, incendiary charges. It’s impossible to argue against the kind of determined bigotry displayed by Mills.
When the “debate” ends and turns into a humiliation ritual, as in this case, a reaction like Bolling’s is completely understandable.