Zerlina Maxwell was interviewing Kurt Bardella, a Democratic adviser and former publicist for Breitbart News, when the comments were made.
The MSNBC host and a guest opined that only privileged white people worry about inflation and gas prices while blacks have to worry about being killed by police officers while going to work every day.
“Inflation, it’s almost a privilege to care about inflation as your number one issue, uh, the same is true of gas prices, or even the idea that it’s the economy stupid,” Maxwell said, referring to the famous slogan from the Bill Clinton presidential campaign.
“I always found that analysis lacking, because as a black person, I don’t wanna get killed on the way to my job.
“So I’m glad I have a job, I’m glad I make a living wage, but if I can’t be alive, then what does that other stuff matter? I mean, speak to the idea that some of this stuff is existential in the minds of the Democratic base, in a way that is maybe not for the middle of the country, the so-called middle, or even more conservative-leaning voters.”
“Yeah, listen if you just lost your house because of a flood in Kentucky, if you just lost your livelihood because it burnt down in a wildfire, if you just lost your life because you’re the wrong color and you’re pulled over somewhere, inflation doesn’t really matter to you, or to your loved ones,” Bardella said.
“There are so much broader things going on right now in this country that affects so many demographics, that the dollars to cents case that has been made time and again, like you said, it’s the economy stupid, there’s a blind spot there, and you’ll notice that the majority of people who make that statement are generally white,” he added.
“There’s a real reckoning going on in America right now,” Bardella concluded.