During the segment, Karl quoted George P. Bush who called on the nation to denounce “white terrorism,” as there have now been several attacks by “self-declared white terrorists” in the United States.
Karl asked Mulvaney, “Why hasn’t the President downplayed the threat of white nationalism?”
Mulvaney immediately disagreed with how the question was asked and said such a statement is unfair, which then led to Karl bringing up remarks President Trump made back in March.
Karl said, “Back in March, [Trump] was asked, ‘Do you see today white nationalism is a rising threat around the world?’ And his answer: ‘I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people who have a very, very serious problem.'”
“He downplayed white nationalism. Was he wrong to do that?” Karl asked. Mulvaney fired back, “No, I don’t believe that’s downplaying it. Look at what he said!” Video Below
“This is a serious problem,” Mulvaney continued. “There’s no question about it, but they are sick, sick people and the President knows this. Again, I don’t think it’s fair, John, to lay this at the feet of the President.”
He went on to say, “There are people in this country this morning thinking that President Trump was happy by this. That’s a sad, sad state of this nation. He’s angry. He’s sad. He wants this to stop.”
These are sick people,” Mulvaney reiterated. “You know it. I know it. The President knows it. And this type of thing has to stop. We have to figure out a way to fix the problem–not figure out a way to lay blame,” he concluded. Video Below
"This is a serious problem … but they are sick, sick people and the president knows that … I don't think it's fair to try and lay this at the feet of the president," Mick Mulvaney says when asked why Trump downplayed the threat of white nationalism. https://t.co/Cw6CaMPTKg pic.twitter.com/qrRZaRLcTh
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