CNN host Brooke Baldwin could not believe what she was hearing: “Hold on. I just wanted to make sure I heard you correctly as a woman anchoring this show … what did you say? You believe in the First Amendment and b-double-o-b-s?”
Clay Travis, who identifies as “a Southern white conservative,” clarified that, yes, she had heard him correctly. “Boobs,” he said. “Two things that have only never let me down in this entire country’s history: the First Amendment and boobs. So those are the only two things I believe in absolutely in the country.”
Baldwin and the other guest on the segment, Keith Reed, were flabbergasted. This was supposed to be a segment about President Donald Trump’s feud with ESPN and Jemele Hill, yet Travis dropped some casual sexism and objectification along the way. And he tripled down on it when asked repeatedly.
Baldwin then ended the segment in frustration. “I’m done,” she said. “This is done. This conversation is over. Yanking mics. Bye. See ya.”
Baldwin later tweeted that she was still in disbelief over the segment, pointing out that this was never okay.
That was... I just... it was one of those thought bubbles "did he actually say that on MY SHOW?!" Note to men -- that is never okay. #smh— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) September 15, 2017
But it happened. This is CNN.