"If he can't see that this is terror, when you have white men brazen enough without hoods to carry tiki torches like they were doing back in the day, it wasn't tiki torches back then, with hoods to scare slaves, to scare blacks and other groups, if that is not terror, it's to incite intimidation, fear and to do what else they were going to do, like strange fruit hanging from a free, lynching's, things of that nature," April Ryan told Don Lemon on CNN Tuesday night.
APRIL RYAN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: He is thinking about himself and what he actually feels. What he is speaking is from his heart. That is what is in his heart. The bottom line is that this President is saying things to basically allow his base, the David Dukes and those like David Duke too, to feel free to do what they want. Don, I mean this started Friday. And if he can't see that this is terror, when you have white men brazen enough without hoods to carry tiki torches like they were doing back in the day, it wasn't tiki torches back then, with hoods to scare slaves, to scare blacks and other groups, if that is not terror, it's to incite intimidation, fear and to do what else they were going to do, like strange fruit hanging from a free, lynching's, things of that nature.
And then talk about negative things about Jews in this country. The Jewish community is hurt. The black community is hurt by this. And then to say that that man who rammed that car into the other cars and killed that poor young lady, that was murder? It was more than murder. It was terror. And the President says the media is dishonest? Well, Don, I don't use the "l" word much but the President lied. You know, Monday when he came out, that is not what he wanted to say. He came back and said what he originally said. The President lied about his feelings. He said indeed, he gave his heart today saying that all sides started it...
DON LEMON: This is something that is in the "New York Times." I want to read this quote. "There's no word in the Trump lexicon is a thread worn as unprecedented but members of the President's staff stunned and disheartened they said they never expected to hear such a viable articulation of opinions that the President had long expressed in private." April Ryan, he said this in private. Things like this. They were shocked that he would say it publicly. That is what that line says to me.
APRIL RYAN: What does the Bible say as a man thinketh, so is he? It comes out eventually. He's got African-Americans on his staff. I wonder what they're thinking about this today. And I'm not even going to mention names. I wonder. But then you also have black Republicans who I'm hearing from who are very, very, very upset. I hear there's supposed to be some kind of early morning call with the RNC in the morning about this. Then you have donors who are upset who are very, very upset saying things to the people that are supporting them and their donations saying you need to control your President.
They're like we can't do that. So the fallout is great. But the question is, when and how will this stop. There has to be someone who I guess as the leader of the free world we have to say this has to stop and can put the blame directly on where it goes. The David Dukes of the world and whoever else. This President today basically is laying blame on the people who wanted to fight against this ugliness against this nation.