CNN contributor April Ryan, known for her bizarre and confrontational questions in White House press briefings, seems to believe President Donald Trump’s alleged interest in using nuclear explosions to stop hurricanes is motivated by racism.
During a segment on CNN’s “New Day” with host Alyson Camerota and commentators Angela Rye, Andrew Gillum and Bakari Sellers, Ryan accused Trump of racism for wanting to stop hurricanes, because most hurricanes begin as storms off the coast of Africa.
Trump denies asking about using nuclear weapons to stop hurricanes. It should be noted most storms don’t actually become hurricanes with an eye until they reach the Caribbean, closer to America than Africa, so Ryan’s point is completely wrong.
A transcript of the segment reads:
CAMEROTA: Here’s what “Axios” is reporting.
During one hurricane briefing at the White House, Trump said, I got it, I got it. Why don’t we nuke them? According to the source who was there. They start forming off the coast of Africa. As they move across the Atlantic —
RYAN: There we go.
RYE: I’m telling you.
CAMEROTA: We drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can’t we do that? The source paraphrased the president’s remarks that, as we said were reported.
SELLERS: Listen, it worked in “Sharknado.” He wants to give it an opportunity, give it a chance. It’s not science based.
This all ties into what we were talking about in an earlier segment. We have a — the leader of the free world who does not believe in science.
RYAN: But let —
RYE: Stop calling him that. Stop calling him that. Stop calling him that. Call him something else.
RYAN: But let me say this. I know we’re tongue and — we’re — we’re tongue and cheeking this, but this is the president of the United States.
RYE: It’s not funny.
RYAN: Saying something about that. And he brought in Africa. As Angela — as we were talking during break, he’s called Africa a shit hole nation. It’s actually a country —
RYE: Well, he’s called some of the countries.
RYAN: Some of the countries.
Africa is a continent. And what part of Africa are you talking about? Sub-Saharan Africa, where there are mostly black people? This is just crazy. There is a ripple effect that can happen for land, sea, for people, if he did something like this. For this man to think this. This is the leader of the free world. There should be some —