CNN analyst Brian Karem is the White House correspondent for Playboy -- which is not exactly best known as an intellectual journal. But on Saturday, Karem mocked conservative columnist Ann Coulter as "the intellectual equivalent of an empty wasp nest," and then asserted that conservative opposition to illegal immigration is actually a "racist" argument against "brown people" coming to the U.S. and voting for Democrats.
At 2:06 p.m. Eastern, after a report recalling that President Donald Trump was hosting a lunch with Republican supporters of the border wall, CNN Newsroom host Fredricka Whitfield went to Karem for his reaction.
BRIAN KAREM: He was willing to compromise. On Wednesday, he gave the signal that he was going to compromise -- then he heard from Ann Coulter -- who is the intellectual equivalent of an empty wasp nest in the middle of winter! And when she went after him, he capitulated and Rush Limbaugh hopped in -- and the President hardened his -- Pharaoh hardened his heart. So that's how we got to where we are.
Karem really should consider challenging Coulter to a game of Jeopardy or any battle of wits to see who would come out victorious. Calling her an brain an empty husk is just silly -- and if Coulter were liberal, it would be seen as sexist.
Ignoring the problem of criminal aliens endangering the public and clogging the prison system, Karem argued against a border wall because some illegals are visas overstays as he continued: "Then, the issue itself, as far as border wall, it's a very disingenuous issue. So they tell us it will stop illegal immigration. A lot of illegal immigration is from people who overstay their visas."
After arguing that terrorists enter the U.S. through other means, and arguing that "demand" for illegal drugs is the reason illegal drugs are imported into the U.S. -- as if it wouldn't help to diminish the supply -- Karem then tied in racism:
And the real reason why this is an issue for Ann Coulter and for other Republicans is that they believe that the people coming in from south of the border are being brought in to vote Democratic. And so it's all -- they're brown people -- it's a racist argument, and it's a political argument.
As Chicago Sun-Times Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet was the only other guest, there was no conservative analyst present to react to Karem's typical incendiary anti-conservative bias.