WATCH: CNN Contributor Argues Anyone Voting for Trump is “a Racist”

Mirroring a tweet from Hollywood director Rob Reiner, CNN contributor Joe Lockhart implied anyone voting for Trump is a “racist.”

When given a chance to back off from the claim, the former Bill Clinton White House press secretary doubled down instead.

From MRC

Appearing as a guest on New Day Sunday, liberal CNN contributor Joe Lockhart claimed that anyone who votes for President Donald Trump in 2020 is a “racist” no matter what their reasons are for doing so.

His comments came during a discussion of President Trump attacking Maryland Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings over the poor conditions that exist in his Baltimore-based district in response to the Maryland Democrat attacking the President over the treatment of illegal immigrant children.

At 6:09 a.m. Eastern, after liberal contributor Kirsten Powers commented that Trump and his advisors must believe the President’s “voters” are “racists” because he has recently been critical of several minority Democrats in Congress, host Victor Blackwell brought up Lockhart’s recent tweet accusing all Trump voters of racism:

Joe, you took it one step further. You actually — and I’m going to read your tweet. “Anyone who supports a racist or a racist strategy is a racist themselves. 2020 is a moment of reckoning for America. Vote for Donald Trump, and you are a racist. Don’t hide it like a coward. Wear that racist badge proudly and see how it feels.”

The CNN host pushed back mildly as he added:

I’m going to read that sentence again: “Vote for Donald Trump, and you’re a racist.” Americans who vote for the President because, let’s say, they’re firmly pro-life, they are racist because they believe that he is right on that issue no matter who the eventual Democratic nominee is, is pro-choice, that pro-life voter is a racist because they vote for Donald Trump?

The former Bill Clinton White House press secretary doubled down as he responded: “I think so. I think racism only exists because it’s supported. If people didn’t support racism, you wouldn’t have racists.”