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Eric Bolling walked out a BBC interview Wednesday after an exchange with political commentator Aisha Mills about new laws in Georgia restricting access to voting.
In the debate on the BBC’s “Newsnight” program, Bolling said the decision by some corporations to speak out against the new restrictions could lead to boycotts from Republicans and end up impacting Black communities economically.
Bolling was a longtime Fox personality until 2017, when he left the company after being accused of sexual harassment.
In response to his claim on “Newsnight,” Mills responded: “I think it’s really rich for any Republican, especially a white man, to run around and claim they care about the economic condition of Black communities and Black businesses when that’s all a lie.”
“That is not fair!” Bolling said. “You don’t know me. You don’t know who I am.”
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Political commentators @AishaMoodMills and @ericbolling debate ⬇️ #Newsnight pic.twitter.com/LoH3MNdPnh
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) April 7, 2021
“I am a Black person in America,” Mills said. “Everything these voting laws stand for and what they look like is reminiscent of the Jim Crow policies that my family lived under. So this is all about racial discrimination.
“And how dare you try to act like you are somehow a proponent of Black people and businesses just to make a point and try to create a wedge? It’s ignorant and it’s just disrespectful.”
At this point, Bolling tried to cut the interview short.
“You know what? That’s disgusting,” Bolling replied. “I’m done. Put me off. That’s disgusting. I am nowhere near anything you are painting me to be, and the problem with …read more