White House Says Trump Has ‘Always Denounced White Supremacy’

“I’d like to ask you for a definitive and declarative statement, without ambiguity or deflection, as the person who speaks for the president: Does the president denounce white supremacism and groups that espouse it, in all their forms?” “This has been answered yesterday by the president himself, the day before by the president himself. On the debate stage, the president was asked this. He said, ‘sure,’ three times — yesterday, he was point blank blank asked, ‘Do you denounce white supremacy?’ And he said, ‘I’ve always denounced any form of that.’ I can go back and read for you in August 2019: ‘In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.’ In August of 2017: ‘Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups. I have an entire list of these quotes that I can go through with you. He has condemned white supremacy more than any president in modern history.” Reporter: “Kayleigh, can you, right now, denounce white supremacy and the groups that espouse it?” “I just did, the president —” Reporter: “You read a bunch of quotes from the past —” “— has renounced white supremacy, the K.K.K. and hate groups in all forms. He signed a resolution to that effect. The president just last week, perhaps you all weren’t covering it, but just last week expressed his desire to see the K.K.K. prosecuted as domestic terrorists. This president had advocated for the death penalty for a white supremacist, the first federal execution in 17 years. His record on this is unmistakable, and it’s shameful that the media refuses to cover it.”

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