White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended President Donald Trump in a recent interview and slammed critics who are trying to “smear” him over his Charlottesville remarks.
Conway spoke with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, who pressed her about Trump’s defense of comments he made following the 2017 white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one dead.
“I get that he did not explicitly refer to white supremacists as fine people. I get that he condemned white nationalists and neo-Nazis, but who exactly are the fine people?” Smerconish asked Saturday during his CNN show, “Smerconish.”
“Rather than have a lot of people pontificate and smear” Trump’s words, Conway cited the president’s actual statement at the time: “I’m not talking about the Neo-Nazis and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally.”
Trump spoke at the time about the “Unite the Right” rally in which activist Heather Heyer was killed as a clash erupted between far-left Antifa thugs, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. While he never called the white supremacists “very fine people,” Trump has been falsely accused of doing so by the left for nearly two years.
“Anybody who just gives the slur and the statement ‘fine people’ and says that he meant the Neo-Nazis, are lying about what he actually said at the time,” Conway argued, referring to the renewed criticism leveled at the president following Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announcement.
The 2020 Democrat presidential candidate used Trump’s controversial “very fine people” comment in the video announcing his White House bid on Thursday.
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“He said there were ‘very fine people on both sides.’ Very fine people on both sides?” Biden said in the video. “With those words, the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate, and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had seen in my lifetime.”
Trump clapped back at Biden’s fake news, answering a question outside of the White House about his comments.
“Oh, I’ve answered that question and if you look at what I said, you will see that that question was answered perfectly.” he told the press.
Even CNN host Jake Tapper acknowledged in a panel discussion this week that the president had never said what he was being accused of saying.
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Smerconish pressed Conway about the president’s remarks, arguing that “no ‘fine person’ would stand alongside torchbearers who are chanting ‘Jews will not replace us.'”
“There’s no question that those people are the ones the president is condemning,” Conway replied before commenting on Biden’s video and Trump’s presidency.
Smerconish circled back to the president defending his comments as the “perfect answer.”
“It was not the perfect answer, because the perfect answer would have left no room for ambiguity or interpretation,” he said.
Conway made it clear to the CNN host that there is no ambiguity with “what the president said in condemning violence, bigotry, hatred and he specifically called out KKK, neo-nationalists, white supremacists.”
“And if that weren’t true, I wouldn’t work in the White House,” she added.
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