“I’m not talking to bigots,” Rye said during a CNN segment Wednesday.
Rye and Walsh were invited on air to discuss what started as a Twitter fight. In response to Rye saying that Obama “had to be the next best thing to Jesus” during his presidency, Walsh argued that the president was held to a lower standard during his two terms because he is black.
Rye criticized CNN for bringing Walsh on the air.
“I am not interested in trying to convince and change the mind of a bigot, someone who will openly troll me and say things that are offensive that he knows are not true,” Rye told host Brooke Baldwin.
When Walsh repeatedly defended his comment, Rye succinctly responded, “That’s what makes you a bigot!”
She added, “I’m not interested in having a dialogue with someone like Joe, who has demonstrated a propensity towards bigotry, and he did that on Twitter yesterday, in 140 characters or less.”
Watch the fiery exchange in the video above.