Jerry Falwell Jr. came to President Donald Trump’s defense during an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” insisting the president doesn’t have a “racist bone in his body.”
Fill-in host Martha Raddatz asked Falwell about his praise last week of Trump’s remarks on the violence in Charlottesville.
“The president said Tuesday there were ‘very fine people on both sides,'” she noted. “Who were those very fine people marching with the Nazis?”
“The bold and truthful statements I was referring to were his willingness to call evil and terrorism by its name,” Falwell said. “To identify the groups, the Nazis, the KKK, the white supremacists. And that’s something a leader should do.”
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Falwell, president of Liberty University, said Trump represents something the U.S. has not had in national leadership “in a long time.”
“He’s substance over form,” he said of Trump.
Raddatz pressed hard over Trump’s remark that there were “very fine people on both sides.”
“He has inside information that I don’t have,” Falwell replied. “I don’t know if there were historical purists there. He had information I didn’t have.”
Like a dog on a bone, Raddatz refused to let the issue go. She referenced the death of Heather Heyer to ask if the president should have been more clear in denouncing the actions of the white supremacists.
“One of the reasons I support him is because he doesn’t say what’s politically correct, he says what’s in his heart, what he believes,” Falwell told Raddatz. “And sometimes that gets him in trouble, but he does not have a racist bone in his body,” he insisted. “I know him well.”
Not once in the line of questioning did the ABC host mention the Antifa antagonists in Charlottesville who fancy themselves “anti-fascists,” despite their fascist behavior.
Watch the full interview below:
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