Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace debated White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney regarding the recurring liberal narrative that President Trump’s comments encourage bigotry. In light of the New Zealand mosque shootings, there are many progressives trying to blame the president for the attitudes of anti-muslim groups and individuals around the globe.
Wallace asked, “I agree the president is not responsible for this (New Zealand shooting) 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? To the degree that there is an issue with white supremacists, white nationalists, anti-Muslim bigotry in this country — and there is an issue with that — why not deliver a speech condemning it?”
“I’m not sure what more you want the president to do,” Mulvaney said. “You may say you want a national speech, that’s fine. Maybe we do that, maybe we don’t. The president is doing everything we can to prevent this type of thing from happening here. The president is doing everything that we can to make it clear … look, this has to stop.”
Mulvaney said, “You’ve seen the president’s agenda for religious liberties and individual liberties. The president is not a white supremacist. I’m not sure how many times we have to say that. And to simply ask the question every time something like this happens overseas or even domestically to say, ‘Oh, my goodness, it must somehow be the president’s fault,’ speaks to a politicization of everything that I think is undermining the institutions that we have in the country today.”
He continued: “Let’s take what happened in New Zealand yesterday for what it is: a terrible, evil, tragic act. And figure out why those things are becoming more prevalent in the world. Is it Donald Trump? Absolutely not.
“Is there something else happening in our culture where people know that ‘I’m going to go on TV today and live-stream me murdering other people.’ That’s what we should talk about.”
Mulvaney also commented that it’s absurd and not at all accurate to say the New Zealand shooting suspect is a Trump supporter.
The shooter’s online manifesto indicated he supports Trump “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” Yet he also emphasized that he strongly opposes Trump’s policies and leadership.
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