"We're super tight on time": White House won't say which Nazis are "very fine people"
More than a week after Donald Trump stubbornly insisted that some of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville are “very fine people,” the White House still won’t say exactly who those people are. When press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders finally resumed daily briefings Thursday, after an extended vacation, not a single reporter […]
More than a week after Donald Trump stubbornly insisted that some of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville are “very fine people,” the White House still won’t say exactly who those people are.
When press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders finally resumed daily briefings Thursday, after an extended vacation, not a single reporter asked about Charlottesville. But that was not the case on Friday.
When ABC News correspondent Jon Karl asked what Trump meant when he defended the rioters as “very fine people,” Sanders refused to answer, insisting that because Trump was knocking off work early to fly to Camp David for the weekend, she didn’t have the time to respond.
KARL: What did the president mean when he said there were “very fine people” on both sides? Who were the “very fine people” who were protesting with the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville?
SANDERS: Jon, we’re super tight on time so I’m going to try to cover as many of your colleagues as possible.
Trump’s despicable meltdown last week — in which he ranted and raved at length in defense of white supremacists and monuments honoring the traitorous Confederacy — has been a massive disaster for Trump and his administration. It has led to nearly two dozen charities canceling events at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.
So many CEOs resigned from his various advisory councils in protest that he rushed to claim he had decided to disband them before they any more could abandon him.
Meanwhile, he’s been criticized by members of his own party, and high-level military and intelligence leaders are questioning his fitness to serve as president.
And during his campaign rally in Phoenix earlier this week, he delivered a pitiful 20-minute defense of his comments on Charlottesville, reading aloud parts of an earlier statement he had made but conveniently leaving out his praise of the so-called “very fine people.”
All of this is the fallout from Trump’s atrocious approval of the racists who gathered in Charlottesville. And the fallout has yet to end.
But Trump had to fly off to Camp David for a weekend away with his family — despite the massive hurricane heading for Texas this weekend, which the governor as well as many federal officials are saying will certainly be a disaster. Trump offered a heartless “good luck” before boarding Marine One.
And because he and his administration have yet to fully explain why he stood on the side of racists, the questions will certainly continue. When he gets back from his vacation, that is.
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