‘I haven’t heard you say “I condemn white supremacists”‘: Jake Tapper confronts White House adviser over Trump’s refusal to explicitly call out neo-Nazis

13 Aug , 2017 Business

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CNN’s Jake Tapper grilled a top White House adviser over President Donald Trump’s refusal to explicitly condemn white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the alt-right who converged Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.

In a statement after the deadly rally, the president responded to the violence that erupted in Virginia as a group of white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters, decrying the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”

In an interview on Sunday, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert dismissed criticism that the president refused to adequately condemn white supremacists.

Bossert praised the president’s statement, saying that Trump appropriately called-out an event that “turned into an unacceptable level of violence at all levels.”

“This isn’t about President Trump — this is about a level of violence and hatred that could not be tolerated in this country,” Bossert said. “I was with the president yesterday, and I’m proud of the fact that he stood up and calmly looked into the camera and condemned this violence and bigotry in all its forms. This racial intolerance and racial bigotry cannot be condoned.”

Tapper then read Bossert a quote from a white nationalist website that said Trump’s statement was “really, really good” for calling out violence …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance

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