Each and every time Donald Trump says or does something completely asinine and outrageous—so every day, basically—his actions are vigilantly defended by one woman: Katrina Pierson.
You see, Pierson, a former Ted Cruz associate, is the national spokesperson for the Trump presidential campaign, and as such, has garnered quite a bit of airtime from the cable news networks. For example, when damning video footage of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski clearly grabbing then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields surfaced, there Pierson was on CNN defending Lewandowski’s actions, claiming that Trump would retain Lewandowski even if found guilty of the simple battery charge against him. And just today, while backing Trump’s position that women should be “punished” for receiving abortions, she somehow managed to call President Obama a Muslim (he’s not, of course).Then again, lying about Obama shouldn’t be too much of a surprise coming from Pierson, who fired off this despicable, racist tweet back in 2012:
But Pierson doesn’t just stand out for her outré views, wacky denials, and flimsy defenses. She’s also perhaps the first national spokesperson for a presidential campaign to be simultaneously stirring up drama on a reality series.Pierson is a guest star on WE tv’s Sisters In Law. The show, which premiered March 24, follows six female lawyers in Houston, Texas, who, according to the network, “tackle tough cases, fight community injustice, and battle controversy while struggling to maintain their decades-long friendship.” And Pierson, who resides in Texas, is friends with cast member Monique Sparks, a criminal attorney who introduces her to the other ladies.Things do not go well. During the series premiere, Pierson attends a fundraiser at the home of Rhonda Wills, an outspoken civil attorney. The two immediately trade barbs.
“Republican? That is like, to me, a dirty word. I can’t even imagine being a Republican,” says Wills, prompting Pierson to reply, “You know who founded the Republican Party of Texas, right? Black men.”
“But that was in Reconstruction!” Wills exclaims. Pierson dismisses the rebuttal, muttering, “Doesn’t matter… doesn’t matter.”
Now these shows do employ nifty editing, but Pierson comes off particularly unknowledgeable during her spat with Wills, saying that Lyndon B. Johnson gave blacks “The Great Deal” (?), and seems unaware of what The Civil Rights Act of 1964 even is—much to Wills’s chagrin.After the two go at it for a while, Wills boots her from her house. Sparks criticizes the move, telling the camera, “Hell no! It’s getting really ratchet. Rhonda’s like, ‘She’s a bad, bad person because she thinks different.’ It’s almost like discrimination. It pissed me off.”
On next week’s episode of Sisters In Law, airing April 7, Pierson defends the fact that she’s a Tea Party Republican (even though she reportedly voted Obama in 2008).
“I did grow up on welfare,” she tells Sparks over lunch. “Now, I’m a Republican because I survived the liberal system, the entitlement system, the redistribution of wealth system. Donald Trump’s my boy! I was with him at the debate and I’m defending him because he has a right to run in this race.”
Putting aside the glaring irony of her welfare argument, you’d think the national spokesperson for Trump could come up with a better reason to defend him than “because he has a right to run in this race.” And later on this week’s Sisters In Law, Pierson and Wills meet for Round 2. They cross paths at a talk given by cast member Jolanda Jones dubbed “Know Your Rights,” where she teaches people in the community about what to do in high-pressure situations, e.g. getting stopped by the police.
As Pierson is shaking Jones’s hand post-talk, Wills confronts her (again).
“I just got the sense that you didn’t think any of these issues really exist for black people,” Wills tells her.
“I couldn’t even get a word out!” Pierson replies, adding, “What, I’m a Republican and I’m the devil then?”
“It has nothing to do with party affiliation,” says Wills. “It was just your ideas that I found offensive… I don’t have a problem with you personally. I’m sure when you’re not espousing some really crazy ideas you’re probably a perfectly nice person.”
Just when you think the Trump campaign can’t get any more surreal, well, it does. Then again, when you have a former reality star running for POTUS, all bets are off.
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