A CNN focus group with Donald Trump voters veered severely off-track on Tuesday after the discussion became a shouting match as the president’s supporters sparred with those who have come to regret backing him in 2016.
The panel, moderated by CNN’s CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, was an even split of backers and critics.
Trump-backer Arthur Schaper started things off by lauding Trump’s performance in office so far. These plaudits were countered by Jeremy Montanez, who called Trump a bigoted “monster” while slamming the White House’s separation of migrant families at the southern border.
The group then got into a debate about whether Trump is responsible for the increasing levels of divisiveness around the country.
Eventually, regretful Trump voter Maryse Selit took things to the next level by saying people were “idiots” to vote for the president, including herself.
“My issue with this president, who I voted for, is the fact that he has something negative to say about every other leader, but you try saying one little comment that’s negative about Trump himself, he jumps into a fit and has a Twitter tirade. We have a lot of — I have to be crass about it — idiots who voted for him, including myself at one time.”
Schafer took umbrage with that, shooting back “I’m not an idiot!” Voting for Trump “was a wise decision,” he said.
Things got even more heated when Montanez and Damani Felder locked horns after the former apologize for his vote on the behalf of the nation.
The chat remained heated from there on out as the group debated whether Trump is racist and whether his liaisons with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal are of any concern to them.
Watch the entire discussion in the clip below, via CNN.