Over the weekend, MSNBC’s The Cross Connection with host Tiffany D. Cross aired and it proved why the host is one of the rising voices in media today. Former Donald Trump stooge Anthony Scaramucci was a guest on the program and probably didn’t expect the grilling he got from Cross after once standing tall for his ex-boss.
This past Saturday (Jan. 30), the segment opened with Cross making a fair mention that Scaramucci once sang the praises of Trump but has since walked away from that stance and wanted to know how that change happened. Producers for the show compiled footage of Scaramucci airing out his former friend while sliding in those moments where he praised the New York business mogul.
“I have not been quiet about the fact that I don’t want to be part of this effort to sanitize people who rocked really hard with Trump and then thought better of it later,” Cross said after the video collage. “But because as we just saw you appear to have been radicalized by the MAGA party, I’m curious about what’s your advice on how we deradicalize people who drank the kool-aid, so to speak?”
“Tiffany, first of all, I wasn’t radicalized,” Scaramucci with. “I was a standard garden-variety Republican and many got trapped in the same dilemma I was in. So I was not radicalized.”
Scaramucci went on to mention that the record number of people who voted for Trump was not comprised of what he framed as “hardcore MAGA people” and seemingly accused Cross of chasing a goal of “high sanctimony or moral righteousness” before Cross spoke over him to interject and it just went left from there.
Some felt that Cross was right to go after Scaramucci’s former stance while others felt that Cross was a bit hard on him. However, some on Twitter pointed out that Scaramucci has faced tough questions before but because a Black woman was doing so, he attempted to frame it as a personal attack.
You can watch the entire segment in the tweet below and we’ve gathered a handful of reactions from all sides from Twitter as well.
— The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross (@CrossConnection) January 30, 2021
Tiffany Cross Checked Anthony Scaramucci On Loyalty To Trump, The Mooch Couldn’t Handle It was originally published on hiphopwired.com
But one of the many interviews between Chris Cuomo and him. Cuomo calls him on his BS countless times and interrupts him. Yet, he considers him a "friend."— Dr. Nicki Washington (@dr_nickiw) January 30, 2021
The hypocrisy y'all display when a Black woman has the audacity to call a white man on his BS.https://t.co/QwaqDVtne8
That’s bullshit too. The racism and authoritarianism was blatantly obvious ALL ALONG. That he eventually did the right thing (after he was fired) isn’t exactly as praise worthy as others@desperately want us to think.— DeMarcus (@semperdiced) January 30, 2021
“Thanks for not backing a tyrant!”🙏🏾🙄
“When you get a show invite me on and I’ll happily answer some of your questions” 🤷🏽♀️💯🤣I’m going to start calling #thecrossconnection #THEGATHERING. My gawd today the gathering of @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/tILwKOlNXo— Bimkubwa (@gr8L8i) January 30, 2021
Well he did have it coming! He was a bootlicker until he got the boot not because he is the better man. And let’s not forget the raunchy rant that got him kicked.— Laurel D (@AnotherPNWDem) January 30, 2021
Tiffany: “Well, when you get a show...”— Christopher Howell ✍🏾 (@CLHreads) January 31, 2021
Mooch got served a tall glass of fluid ether. It was so cold that it changed states. Tiffany Cross gave him those virtual hands! 😂😂😂— 𝔾𝕖𝕖-𝕄𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕠𝕨 (@SubZeroPoet) January 30, 2021
Tiffany is NOT an amateur as you 1st tweeted. I do believe her strength has an effect on men, white men in particular. I cannot explain to you what being a 71 yr old white man has to do with why you responded the way you did in a tweet. If you don’t know, 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️. Peace out man.— JIll 💛 (@jillAPRN) January 30, 2021
🔥🔥🔥 Tiffany Cross not putting up with the spin!— BebopSpaceCowgirl 🌈💖💚❤️💙💜 (@jomareewade) January 30, 2021
2/ Tiffany is doing well and I really like her show, but this interview was not her best. She should have listened more and engaged instead of lecturing Anthony as if he were a recidivist.— SabrinaNYC20 🇨🇦🇺🇸🇱🇨🇬🇾🇫🇷🇳🇬 (@SabrinaNYC20) January 30, 2021
Tiffany Cross/MSNBC used the other “R” word to get under Anthony Scaramucci’s skin when she referred to him as being radicalized by 45. pic.twitter.com/YGeFT5nBPr— Stella Beat (@StellaBeat) January 30, 2021