Former Republican congressman Jack Kingston appeared on CNN this week and couldn’t tell the difference between two prominent women of color featured on the panel alongside him.
The flub happened during a segment hosted by Don Lemon discussing White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s cringeworthy comments Monday. Spicer made tone-deaf and false remarks about Hitler’s use of chemical weapons and called concentration camps “Holocaust centers.”
During the segment Tuesday, April Ryan, who was recently hired as a CNN commentator and did a double take when Spicer initially made his comment, said that his remarks were especially upsetting not as a matter of politics but because they were made during Passover. She said his words diminished the horrors of the Holocaust.
Kingston immediately interrupted to argue against Ryan’s claim that the outrage wasn’t political ― but nothing he said mattered after he confused Ryan for commentator Ana Navarro in his rebuttal and called her “Ana.”
Lemon jumped in to correct Kingston’s blunder and told him, “That’s not Ana, that’s April,” before Ryan reminded him: “I’m April, this is April, I’m sorry.”
Kingston attempted to play damage control and claimed, “I can’t see who’s talking, I apologize,” to which Navarro said: “Not all colored girls are the same, Jack.”
But it didn’t stop there. Kingston went on to say to Ryan: “You might not be criticizing him because you’re a Democrat; you’re criticizing him because you don’t like Trump.”
Ryan reminded him that she never specified whether she was Democrat or Republican. “You don’t know my politics,” she said, before asking: “So I’m a Democrat because I’m black?”
Navarro even came with the facts, reminding Kingston that Ryan is an objective journalist and that the real issue is that Kingston apparently thinks all women of color look the same. “He thinks you’re me, that’s the problem,” Navarro said to Ryan before she turned her attention to Kingston, saying: “Jack, do me a favor: Quit while you’re behind.”
Lemon could be seen shaking his head throughout the segment, which was just one of several memorable moments on TV this week with the CNN host.
On Thursday, Lemon moderated a discussion in which CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord referred to President Donald Trump as the “Martin Luther King of health care” and was promptly shut down by commentator Symone Sanders (and by many others on the internet). Lemon spoke with Lord during a separate segment later that evening that also went viral, in which Lord refused to apologize for his offensive remarks. And, well, let’s just say Lemon wasn’t here for that either.