During a segment on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Rye responded to the viral video of several Covington Catholic High School students and a Native American activist at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
Several far-left Twitter users took the video out of context and spread false claims over the weekend that the students, who were wearing red “MAGA” hats, were harassing the Native American man.
Despite additional videos showing that to be untrue, Rye told anchor Chris Cuomo that she believes the red hats are a symbol of hatred and “racism.”
“Forget Donald Trump for a moment, and just think about that symbol of that red hat,” she said. “When I see the Make America Great Again hat now, Chris, I am triggered. I’m so triggered.”
Rye went on to tell CNN contributor Andre Bauer, who was on the panel, that his support for Trump has harmed their friendship.
She then said the red “MAGA” hats are equivalent to the white hoods worn by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
“I don’t agree with you on this last point, but this Make America Great Again hat is just as maddening and frustrating and triggering for me to look at as a KKK hood,” she said. “That is the type of hatred that his policies represent. And until we can have common ground and understanding about that, that it’s that triggering, we’re going to continue to have problems.”