Cross, host of “The Cross Connection,” specifically took aim at U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Paul Gosar of Arizona, Mediaite.com reported. Her comments came during a conversation with The Nation journalist Elie Mystal, who was also critical of the GOP.
During the conversation, Cross referred to 18-year-old Rittenhouse as “this little murderous White supremacist,” even though the jury agreed Rittenhouse acted in self-defense last year when he shot three people, killing two, and that all three people he shot, like Rittenhouse, were White.
Cross said she took issue with Gaetz and Gosar offering to hire Rittenhouse as a congressional intern after the trial concluded, claiming the Republicans were celebrating the outcome of the trial.
“I find these people disgusting, Elie,” Cross told her guest, according to Mediaite. “I’m disgusted at what I’m seeing.”
“I find these people disgusting. … I’m disgusted at what I’m seeing.”— MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross
“Welcome to the modern Republican Party,” Mystal responded. “This is what these people want, and this is what a majority of White people vote for.”
Later, he claimed “a majority of White people” were in favor of violence, and asserted that was reflected in the candidates and judges that the majority supported with their votes.
“This is what they want,” Mystal said, according to Mediaite. “Matt Gaetz is giving the White folks what they want.”
Cross, 42, a native of Cleveland, is a former CNN staffer who wrote the July 2020 book, “Say It Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy.”
Earlier this month, she accused the U.S. trucking industry of hiring mostly White, male drivers and complained that most voted for former President Trump.
During the Rittenhouse trial, Mystal, a native of Haiti, referred to Judge Bruce Schroeder as a “biased, racist judge” who was “trying to get Rittenhouse a walk.”