Courtesy of The Hill:
“I understand, and I very much agree that the president is not responsible for this action,” Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday” while talking with Mulvaney about the shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday that left dozens dead.
“But has he considered, given the fact that some people seem to feel that he has given them cover, has he considered giving a major speech condemning anti-Muslim, white supremacist bigotry?”
Wallace asked the question after playing multiple tapes that included Trump’s comments about immigration and Muslims. In one tape from 2016, Trump said, “I think Islam hates us.” In another from Friday, Trump called an influx of immigration an “invasion.”
Mulvaney initially dismissed the question, saying the scrutiny Trump has received in light of the terrorist attack has been undeserved.
“There’s folks who just don’t like the president, and everything that goes wrong, they’re going to look for a way to tie that to the president,” Mulvaney said, adding that it was “absurd” to link the suspected shooter’s manifesto, in which he called Trump “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” to Trump’s language.
But Wallace continued to press, asking why Trump hasn’t thought about giving a speech denouncing “white supremacists, white nationalists, anti-Muslim bigotry” given the attention these issues have received.
“You’ve seen the president stand up for religious liberties, individual liberties. The president is not a white supremacist,” Mulvaney replied. “I’m not sure how many times we have to say that.”
Wallace noted later that Trump “speaks out about a lot of things” before asking why he doesn’t deliver a speech making “it clear that there is no place in America for this kind of hatred.”
“I think you saw that yesterday in the tweet,” Mulvaney responded. “I’m not sure what more you want the president to do. You may say you want to give him a national speech to address the nation. That’s fine. Maybe we do that. Maybe we don’t.”
He won’t. Trump is never going to speak out against white nationalists because they make up a large portion of his base.
I think Mick Mulvaney is a bottom feeding parasite, but I certainly do not envy him the job he has to do here.
Essentially Mulvaney has to try and convince all of us that we are not seeing what we know we are seeing.
At one point in the interview, Mulvaney says “The president is not a white supremacist, I’m not sure how many times we have to say that.”
The answer is that it does not matter how many times they say that because virtually all of Trump’s actions refute that statement.
Even his response today was super defensive and said nothing about the reasons behind the tragedy.
The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand. They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
Of course, Trump is a white supremacist which is why he will never speak out against them unless he is back into a corner and has no choice.
And if that happens, trust me, it will be the most flaccid and impotent condemnation that you will likely ever hear.