CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill assailed a panelist on CNN last night, calling Bruce LeVell a “mediocre Negro” manipulated by President-elect Donald Trump. Referring to celebrity show host Steve Harvey, who met with Trump on Martin Luther King Day along with Martin Luther King III, Hill said, “I love Steve Harvey and I have respect for Steve Harvey and I think his intentions were appropriate, but my disagreement is the way in which he’s being used by folk like Donald Trump.”
Hill, who is a show host on BET and a professor at Morehouse College, referred to the participation on the part of Harvey and others in Trump’s National Diversity Coalition. “They keep bringing up comedians and actors and athletes to represent black interests. It’s demeaning, it’s disrespectful, and it’s condescending,” he continued. “Bring some people up there with expertise Donald Trump, don’t just bring up people to entertain.”
On the CNN program hosted by Don Lemon, LeVell, a member of Trump’s diversity coalition, said, “You weren’t even there…”LeVell said, “Pastor Darryl Scott, Mike Cohen, they are in the process of bringing all types of people from all over the country, from all different backgrounds. Remember the diversity coalition where we reached out to all different types of people?”
“Yeah, it was a bunch of mediocre Negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op for Donald Trump’s exploitative campaign against black people. And you are an example of that,” Hill responded. The show degraded into a shouting match while Hill cried, “I’m not name-calling.”
During the 2016 presidential race, Hill expressed support for the Green Party. He said, "I would rather have Trump be president for four years and build a real left-wing movement that can get us what we deserve as a people, than to let Hillary be president and we stay locked in the same space where we don't get what we want."


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.