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CNN and MSNBC consultant and former Victory Fund president and CEO Aisha Mills gave former Fox News host Eric Bolling such a tongue lashing of reality that he fled a Zoom debate segment on the BBC's Newsnight. The Black lesbian and white conservative were debating the recent decision by Major League Baseball to pull this year's All-Star Game from the city of Atlanta in response to a new election law that critics have decried as racist and designed to marginalize Black voters in the state of Georgia.
The verbal fireworks started after Bolling portrayed the decision by MLB as detrimental to Black small business owners in the Black-majority town of Atlanta. He lamented that "everything has become political" in the business world, likening the use of boycotts to bring about social change as "a gun, so to speak" pointed at the heads of corporate CEOs.
"But when you pick a side as a business, you're alienating the other side," Bolling summarized, apparently concerned more about profits than disenfranchised Black voters. He went on to later claim Mills was using Biden administration talking points, something she was quick to counter.
\u201cAs a controversial new voting law in the US state of Georgia is passed, companies are under pressure. But should corporations take a stand when it comes to social and political issues?\n\nPolitical commentators @AishaMoodMills and @ericbolling debate \u2b07\ufe0f \n\n#Newsnight\u201d— BBC Newsnight (@BBC Newsnight) 1617834917
"I don't work for the Biden administration, never have," Mills stated before lowering the boom on Bolling. "But what I am is a Black person in America. And everything that these voting laws stand for and what they look like are reminiscent to the Jim Crow policies that my families lived under."
"This is all about racial discrimination, and how dare you try to act like you are somehow a proponent of Black people in businesses just to make a point and try to create a wedge," she explained. "It's ignorant and it's just disrespectful."
Rather than respond to the stern dose of reality dished out by Mills, Bolling fled the debate.
"That's disgusting," Bolling said. "I'm done. Put me off. That's disgusting. 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. I'm done."
Bolling came back moments later to demand an apology, but Mills made clear she was in no mood for his "rubbish" viewpoints.
"I'm not going to apologize for being offended," she responded.
"I'm done," Bolling announced, ending his participation in the debate.
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