Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to like a video of CNN host Don Lemon being stunned by a royal commentator, claiming that descendants of British sailors should be compensated for the African slave trade.
Royal commentator Hilary Fordwich told Lemmon on his show that the African kings, not the British Empire, should pay the price.
This The clip went viral on Tuesday – garnered Mr Trump Jr’s likes on Twitter – but from Fordwich’s appearance on his show last week after the Queen’s death.
Lemon started the conversation by telling his guests, “You’ve got some people asking for compensation for colonialism, and they want to know, you know, ‘$100 billion, $24 billion here and there, $500 million there.'”
“Some people want something in return, the public wants to know, ‘Why are we suffering and you have so much wealth?’ Those are legitimate concerns.”
but his The guest said it was actually African Who needs to pay the families of “2,000 sailors” who she claims died trying to prevent slavery.
“Well, I think you’re right about compensation — if people want to, what they need to do is, you always need to go back to the beginning of the supply chain. Where does the supply chain start?” she asked.
“That was in Africa. All over the world, when slavery happened, which country in the world was the first to abolish slavery?” before telling him it was “British.”
“In England, they abolished slavery. 2,000 sailors died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because African kings were rounding up their own people. They kept them in cages and waited on the beach.”
She concluded by adding: “I think you’re absolutely right. If compensation needs to be paid, we need to go back to the beginning of the supply chain and say: ‘Who rounded up their own people and handcuffed them in cages? “Of course, that’s where they should start.”
Fordwich, who describes herself as a “business media and golf commentator” on LinkedIn, has appeared on a range of news channels, including right-wing NewsMax.
Lemon didn’t seem to want to be drawn into the argument, telling her it was “an interesting discussion” before moving on.
Emmy winner Jeffrey Wright is Swift slams Fordwich’s arguments on Twitter.
“So, according to her specious, simplistic, self-preserving argument, no one is to blame for the deaths caused by street heroin exchanges – not blind governments, cartels, smugglers, dealers – only farmers on the hills The poppy grower. She’s ridiculous.”
Britain and Portugal were among the major slave-trading nations, and historians say it shipped 3.1 million Africans to the British colonies between 1640 and 1807.
Only 2.7 million of these slaves survived and arrived in countries such as the Caribbean, North and South America, According to the National Archives of the UK Government.
On March 25, 1807, Britain passed the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, and slavery itself was abolished in 1834.