George W. Bush’s former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is one of the smartest conservative women out there. Why she never ran for President is a mystery and a shame because she would have been a pretty darn good one.
Rice was on NBC for an interview with Sheinelle Jones when the reporter brought up race relations in the country and how they’ve gotten worse under the current administration. That idea was quickly shot down by Rice, who put Jones in her place with her brilliant answer.
“It sure doesn’t feel worse than when I grew up in Jim Crow Alabama,” she said. “So let’s drop this notion that we’re worse race relations today than we were in the past. Really? That means we’ve made no progress.”
“I think the hyperbole about how much worse it is isn’t doing us any good. This country’s never going to be colorblind. We had the initial original sin of slavery. It’s still with us,” she continued.
But Jones pressed on, saying it’s a top down problem which starts with the President.
Rice didn’t let her finish.
“Oh, come on, alright. I would be the first to say we need to watch our language about race. We need to watch that we don’t use dog whistles to people. But when we start saying, ‘Oh, you know, it’s worse today,’ no, they’re not.”
Watch the exchange below.
WATCH: Condoleezza Rice shuts down NBC reporter Sheinelle Jones' claim that race relations are worse under President Trump. pic.twitter.com/HhuhcUlfgN
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