- Fox News correspondent John Roberts lost his temper on Thursday as he discussed the White House’s attempts to dance to questions on White House President Donald Trump’s white supremacy.
- Roberts said in a passionate response at Thursday’s press briefing, “Stop blaming the media. Blaming the media. I’m tired of it.”
- Trump on Tuesday refused to explicitly condemn white supremacist groups during the presidential debate.
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Fox News reporter John Roberts was disappointed on Thursday by White House press secretary Kayle McKenney’s answer to questions about why President Donald Trump did not condemn white supremacist groups.
Roberts said in a passionate response at the press briefing on Thursday, “Stop blaming the media. Blaming the media. I’m tired of it.”
Roberts told Fox’s host Melbourne Francis, “The press secretary will not say in a certain and vague and non-controversial way that the president condemns white supremacism in all its forms and in any group.”
He cited the fact that several prominent Republicans in Congress have urged Trump to “correct” his recent statements on the matter.
“To all of you on Twitter who are preparing me to ask that question, I don’t mind! Because it’s a question that needs to be asked, and obviously the Republican allies of the President A mile away from here is looking for answers for this, “too,” Roberts said.
– Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 1, 2020
During the briefing, Roberts asked Mechani for a declarative statement whether the president condemned white supremacism and groups that oppose it.
In response, McInnie falsely claimed that Trump “condemned white supremacy more than any other president in modern history.” Trump’s rhetoric and policy positions have often been celebrated by white supremacists and other far-right groups, and he has been endorsed by white nationalists in the past.
The White House press secretary went on to mislead that Trump’s “record is anecdotal and it is shameful that the media refuses to cover it.”
Later, McEnany took to Twitter to go after Roberts and noted that his wife, reporter Kayra Phillips, said in a tweet Wednesday that “Trump told me he disapproves of white supremacists.”
-Kale McNee (@PressSec) October 1, 2020
But Roberts’ questions on Thursday were linked to a well-documented history of Trump maintaining white supremacy following public pressure and in a decent, balanced manner. The president has repeatedly failed to forcefully condemn white supremacist groups and their ideology.
On several occasions, Trump has made comments that are directly linked to interviews with white supremacists, such as announcing a rally in Minnesota last month filled with almost all white supporters that he has a “good gene” because he ” Casteism theory “.
It is true that there have been instances in which the President has disrespected white supremacist groups. But this usually happens when he receives support from groups or affiliated individuals that include the Ku Klux Klan, or he then ignites the backlash through racist or xenophobic statements.
In one of the most maligned moments of his presidency, Trump blamed “many parties” for the deadly violence in August 2017 at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. A counterprotector was killed during a white nationalist rally.
Subsequently, former KKK leader David Duke celebrated Trump’s remarks and thanked the president for condemning “left-wing terrorists”.
After his initial reaction to the dangerous events in Charlottesville, Trump finally came forward and condemned groups of white citizens. But it took a significant portion of criticisms, including from Republicans, to push Trump to that point.
-Oran Rupar (@atrupar) October 1, 2020
Given this history, during a presidential debate on Tuesday, Trump asked Fox News moderator Chris Wallace to explicitly condemn white supremacist groups. In response, Trump elevated a far-right extremist group with a record of white nationalist propaganda and a history of street violence.
Trump said in response to Wallace, “Proud boys, stand back and stand! But I’ll tell you, someone has to do something about Antifa and the left.”
On Wednesday, Trump retaliated, claiming that he had no idea who Proud Boy was despite explicitly mentioning him during the debate. This is part of a broader pattern with Trump, which has dominated white supremacists as he fights for reunification.