Lewandowski returns to the President’s reelection campaign as an adviser.
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Corey Lewandowski says the White House did everything necessary when President Donald Trump removed a retweet from a video in which a supporter yells “white power” at anti-Trump protesters.
“The president has been very clear that there is no tolerance for that. He is with the men and women who believe that everyone is equal, there is no question about it, ”said Lewandowski, who worked as Trump’s campaign manager in 2016 and returns to the 2020 campaign as an adviser.
Trump has made several racially charged comments since taking office, recently calling the coronavirus, COVID-19, the “Chinese virus” and the “kung flu”; calling Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas”; and in 2017 saying there were “very good people” on both sides of the fighting at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In a statement, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said Trump did not hear the person say the phrase in the video.
ABC News’s Linsey Davis pressured Lewandowski and asked him why the president could not denounce the use of the white supremacist phrase after retweeting it to his 82 million followers for three hours before it was removed.
“Obviously it was a mistake and as soon as it caught his eye, the tweet was removed,” said Lewandowski. “As soon as he was notified, he was removed. The White House was very clear that the President did not listen to her and there is not much else they can do other than that. “
Lewandowski also weighed in on the disappointing turnout at Trumps’ “mega rally” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last weekend.
The president promised not to have empty seats and his campaign said he received more than a million ticket requests. The place, which could house almost 20,000 people, finally ended with a full third.
“The notion that 6,000 people showed up in the COVID-19 world really should be recognized as a success,” said Lewandowski. Look, is it a million people? Of course, no. But the world of COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we interact socially … and I think we have to take that into account in the future. “
Lewandowski said that as Trump looks toward a second term, voters should remember that he has kept his promises to his supporters, including immigration reform, national security, financing national security and creating “the economy bigger than the world has seen … before the coronavirus pandemic. ” . ”
He said he was not concerned that Trump lagged significantly behind former Vice President Joe Biden in a Fox News and New York Times poll released last week.
“The only thing that matters is when people go to the polls [in November]”He said.” The silent majority … will reappear and support Donald Trump. “