CNN's Kirsten Powers: Trump knocking black reporter for 'stupid question' is 'classic white supremacy'

CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers asserted Friday night that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE's recent attacks against black public figures and members of the news media are "out of the white supremacist playbook."
 
Powers argued during an appearance on CNN that there was a "racial component" to Trump's pushback earlier in the day against CNN reporter Abby Phillip, saying his response to her question was "disproportionate."
 
Trump slammed Phillip, saying she asks "a lot of stupid questions" after she asked whether new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was going to try to rein in special council Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation.
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"I don't think that it's a coincidence that he talks about — whether it's [CNN anchor] Don Lemon having a low IQ or [Rep.] Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDems concerned impeachment will make Trump 'appear like a victim,' says pollster Trump calls Biden 'low I.Q. individual' after verbal slip On The Money: Senate rejects border declaration in rebuke to Trump | Dems press Mnuchin on Trump tax returns | Waters says Wells Fargo should fire its CEO MORE [D-Calif.] has a low IQ, or LeBron James has a low IQ," said Powers, who is a USA Today columnist and former Fox News contributor.
 
"And now we’re supposed to believe Abby Phillip is asking a stupid question. There’s a constant theme here. It’s frankly out of the white supremacist playbook. This is classic white supremacy," she said.
 
Cooper brought in Republican strategist and Trump supporter Michael Caputo and asked if he agreed with Powers. 

"I don’t. The president is a equal opportunity abuser," Caputo maintained. "When it comes to the media, I don’t believe the president is anti-black anymore than I believe that [CNN chief White House correspondent] Jim Acosta is anti-woman because he was mean to [press secretary Sarah Huckabee] Sanders or treated a White House intern with disrespect during the press conference." 
 
"The president treats all media the same way. Especially those who attack him," Caputo said. "The president was, grew up and came of age in the New York City media market. That’s a brutal place. He’s always been punching back at reporters for decades. And I think this is, the idea it’s white supremacy or he’s a racist, it’s just another trope." 
Phillip took to Twitter on Friday to thank her colleague, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, who made a similar argument as Powers that Trump's criticism of certain media members was race- and gender-motivated. 
 
"Thank you, my friend. And thank you for always speaking up for what’s right. We all appreciate it," Phillip wrote in response to Baldwin. 
Trump went after a number of journalists from CNN and other outlets this week during a press conference and in remarks at the White House before leaving for a weekend trip to Paris.