President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday defended his “perfect answer” to the deadly violence at a 2017 Charlottesville, Va., Unite The Right” rally, asserting he condemned white nationalism, neo-Nazis and the KKK “in no uncertain terms.”
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” show, Conway said Trump’s controversial declaration that there were “very fine people on both sides” referred specifically to the issue of whether a monument to Gen. Robert E. Lee should be removed.
“He condemned white nationalism and neo-nazis and the KKK during the Charlottesville incident,” she declared. “And more responsible anchors like you and [CNN’s] Michael Smerconish yesterday are starting to admit that he wasn’t talking about them when he said ‘very fine people.’ He was talking about a monument discussion.
“He condemned them in no uncertain terms…. He condemned them over time. Racism, bigotry, evil.”
She also decried the New York Times’ response to an anti-Semitic cartoon that it ran, and then pulled.
“They didn’t even apologize for it,” she said. “Apologies usually include words like ‘regret,’ ‘sorry’ and ‘apologize.’ They didn’t do that.”
Conway also took a shot at newly announced Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.
“It looks like you guys are afraid that [Trump] can’t be beaten fairly and squarely,” she told Tapper amid the discussion about Trump’s Charlottesville response.
“That comment is beneath you,” Tapper shot back.
But Conway continued, referring, without naming Biden, his candidacy launch that focused on Charlottesville: “Why using Charlottesville to launch a candidacy, 0 for 2 when running for president,.”
“Any time the president is willing to condemn people who hate other people based on race and religion, it’s a great day for America,” she added.
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