MSNBC Host Under Fire After Smearing Trucking as Racist ‘White Men Who Voted For Trump’
Washington D.C. — A cable news host is coming under fire after making inflammatory comments about the trucking industry.
On her weekend MSNBC show “Cross Connection,” host Tiffany Cross featured a segment exploring the challenges facing the trucking industry.
Cross invited Pamela Day, owner and president of Cross Country Truck Driving School, to discuss widespread reporting of the so-called “driver shortage” and its role in the ongoing supply chain woes.
“Now, the industry which predominately employs white men over the age of 55, has a massive retention problem with a 92% turnover rate last year leaving a shortage of 80,000 truck drivers nationwide,” Cross said, citing statistics compiled by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). “And, guess who’s needed to bail out the industry?”
Cross, who said her brother is an over-the-road truck driver, quickly steered the conversation further to race.
“It’s very nerve racking to me when he’s on the road because it feels like a dangerous industry, but you’re trying to disrupt that and bring more people who look like us to the industry,” she commented to Day, who is also an African-American woman.
After Day responded, Cross continued, “Well, how could the industry be more welcoming? Because I have to tell you, I talked to a lot of truck drivers in preparing for this segment and most of them are people of color and they talked about, you know, hearing some of the racism… um… over the CB… um… you know, this is an industry again populated by a lot of white men over the age of 55… um… this group of people overwhelmingly voted for Trump.”
The cable news host then suggested white truckers drive more aggressively and are less helpful than minority truck drivers.
“Some people have talked about ‘aggressive truck drivers’ and people cutting them off or not being helpful,” Cross claimed. “So, obviously, the more populated it is with people of color the more I think you’ll see less of that, but how can you encourage someone to come and disrupt this space when it seems a bit unwelcoming?”
The controversial comments quickly drew the ire of the ATA.
“Actually, 41.5% of truck drivers in this country are minorities,” ATA fired back in a Tweet. “Trucking delivers 72.5% of everything… except BS—we leave that to Tiffany Cross.”
— American Trucking (@TRUCKINGdotORG) November 14, 2021
Before concluding the interview, Cross inaccurately described a new pilot program — included in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill just approved by Congress — which will allow drivers as young as 18 years of age to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.
Click HERE for a full detailing of the program.
Cross falsely said the program “would immediately permit as many as 30,000 young people” to participate.
According to the legislation, only 3,000 drivers can participate in the program at any one time.
WATCH the entire segment below.