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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Fox News reporter John Roberts criticized White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday for refusing to provide a "definitive and unambiguous" statement condemning white supremacist groups on behalf of President Trump, arguing that she deflected by only pointing to his past statements.

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...Why it matters: [Fox News' John] Roberts pointed out that despite McEnany's insinuation that the media is over-exaggerating the controversy over President Trump telling the far-right Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by" at Tuesday's debate, a number of Trump's Republican allies have urged the president to clarify and unequivocally denounce white supremacy.

What he's saying: "If the president didn't know who Proud Boys were, and Joe Biden just threw out the name -- if he didn't know who they were, why did he denounce them?" asked a visibly frustrated Roberts.

-- "Why didn't he say, "I don't know who they are. Can you give me more information about them," and then make a decision about it? So this all remains puzzling."

-- "And for all of you on Twitter who are hammering me for asking that question, I don't care. Because it's a question that needs to be asked, and clearly the president's Republican colleagues a mile away from here are looking for an answer for it too. So stop deflecting. Stop blaming the media. I'm tired of it."...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-01 12:38 PM | Reply

Why would Trump or anyone in his administration denounce his own people?

The Republican Party is literally the white supremacists party.

It would have been like asking Hitler to denounce the Nazis.

Might as well have asked Trump to chop off his hands.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-10-01 12:43 PM | Reply

Might as well have asked Trump to chop off his hands.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack

To piss Chris Wallace off he might have done it.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-10-01 12:45 PM | Reply

Another view...

Trump's Ex-National Security Adviser on His Failure to Condemn White Supremacy
www.theatlantic.com

...It "gives space to these groups that foment hatred and intolerance," H. R. McMaster says.

Though McMaster isn't likely to be the next James Mattis, who denounced Trump in a lengthy statement earlier this year, he's not entirely neutral, either. He has clear opinions. As he told me yesterday, he believes Trump needs to speak out more directly about the evils of white supremacy.

He worries that the president's comments might leave such groups feeling emboldened. Though he's not given to alarm or blame, he casts Trump as something of a destabilizing force in our politics.

Our conversation has been edited for clarity and length....


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-01 12:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump, Aug. 14, 2017: As I said on Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.
And as I have said many times before: No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry, and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.

Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our Creator. We are equal under the law. And we are equal under our Constitution. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.

#5 | Posted by homerj at 2020-10-01 01:57 PM | Reply

@#5 ... Trump, Aug. 14, 2017 ...

So why can't Pres Trump say those same words now, and void the props he gave to the Proud Boys during the debate?

He has been given many opportunities to say so, yet he deflects.

It now seems he obviously has changed his opinion of white supremacists since 2017 when he made the statement you cite.


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-01 02:12 PM | Reply

@5 that doesnt sound like -------.

1. Too many multiple syllable words.
2. Egregious is not a word in -------'s vocabulary. Nor is repugnant
3. The use of the pronoun "We"
4. The use of the word "love"
5. Reference to God
6. Relative coherence
7. Nothing transactionary referenced in statement

I could go on, but, you get the message.

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-10-01 02:27 PM | Reply

BTW on August 12, 2017, ------- said the following: "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides."

From many sides to "..almost everything I see is from the left wing.."

#8 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-10-01 02:40 PM | Reply

Sorry McEnanny. You chose to serve this Administration. You are now tarred for life. I will never take anything you say in any context seriously in the future. You have no cred as either a journalist or a pundit. Excuse the sexism, but you have whored yourself for the Trump Administration.

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-10-01 02:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Nobody denounces white supremacists better than I do. Just look at my record of denouncing them. It's been the biggest and greatest denouncements of all time. But I really should use this time do denounce all the left wing violence in the streets and all those crazy leftist militants demanding a fair shake for black people."

#10 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-10-01 02:49 PM | Reply

@#7 ... I could go on, but, you get the message. ...

To my eyes, it looks like the text of the official statement ( www.whitehouse.gov ) in #5 was written by someone on Pres Trump's communications staff and not by Pres Trump.

Indeed, on the very next day (Aug 15, 2017), during a press conference Pres Trump said, "you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides" which provided the white supremacists with not-so-subtle pat on the back.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-01 02:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump, Aug. 14, 2017: As I said on Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.
And as I have said many times before: No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry, and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.
Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.
We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our Creator. We are equal under the law. And we are equal under our Constitution. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.

#5 | POSTED BY HOMERJ

And yet on stage without a teleprompter, he couldn't do it.

So you have to go back 3 YEARS to get a statement that supports your position.

Why is it this hard?

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-10-01 02:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#5 | POSTED BY HOMERJ

You support a white supremacist. Or a man too lazy and confused to deny he's a white supremacist when he really needs to.

The thing you posted? You can tell by virtue of style Trump didn't write that. Someone thought it would make him look good putting the words into his mouth.

Donald J. Trump is the thing you saw on TV Tuesday night. Exactly that.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2020-10-01 03:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Homer? Homer? Homer? Please respond to the criticisms that followed your post in #5.

#14 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-10-01 03:57 PM | Reply

Just saw video of it. Good for him!

#15 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-10-01 05:29 PM | Reply

Another view...

Trump's Ex-National Security Adviser on His Failure to Condemn White Supremacy
www.theatlantic.com

...It "gives space to these groups that foment hatred and intolerance," H. R. McMaster says.

Though McMaster isn't likely to be the next James Mattis, who denounced Trump in a lengthy statement earlier this year, he's not entirely neutral, either. He has clear opinions. As he told me yesterday, he believes Trump needs to speak out more directly about the evils of white supremacy.

He worries that the president's comments might leave such groups feeling emboldened. Though he's not given to alarm or blame, he casts Trump as something of a destabilizing force in our politics.

Our conversation has been edited for clarity and length....

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-01 12:55 PM

McChrystal just endorsed Joe Biden in the strongest terms, suggesting we can't trump Trump but can trust Biden

VIDEO: www.newsweek.com

#16 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-10-01 05:32 PM | Reply

Sorry McEnanny. You chose to serve this Administration. You are now tarred for life. I will never take anything you say in any context seriously in the future. You have no cred as either a journalist or a pundit.

This is why I call her Lie Candy, serving up Trump's favorite empty calories live from the White House, every single day.

#17 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-01 06:18 PM | Reply

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