“He started out this summer by insulting Hispanics,” Barkley stated regarding Trump’s campaign launch last June. “To lump all Hispanics together, that was insulting. Living in Arizona, I think Hispanics are amazing people.”
“Then you’ve got these losers who love that because they’re afraid to look in the mirror and say why their lives suck,” he asserted of those who want to see Trump in office. “They have to blame other people. Your life sucks for a reason — because of you, not because of Hispanics.”
Barkley then tackled Trump’s latest controversial proposal calling for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States saying, “Now to lump all Muslims together, that’s even more insulting.”
“Do we have to do something about the extremists? Of course we do. (But) to try and divide and conquer, which is what the Republicans always try to do, is just sad,” Barkley stated. “This is the United States of America. This is the greatest place in the world.”
Barkley then turned his attention to the networks that publicized Trump’s speeches and had him in a heavy coverage rotation — specifically, CNN.
“CNN has done an awful job this election, an awful job,” Barkley said. “They have been kissing butt and chasing ratings. They’ve become like Fox News for the Republicans, to be honest with you.”
Barkley added that the constant coverage of Trump has downplayed what he considered to be more worthy politicians.
“The guy I was supporting was Gov. (John) Kasich of Ohio,” he said. “Unfortunately he hasn’t been able to get any ground. He has not been able to get any traction going whatsoever.”