Donald Trump’s spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, appeared on Fox News to defend her boss’s refusal to disavow David Duke in a CNN interview and made countless and senseless excuses for his statements, even invoking Bill O’Reilly’s assertion that “this is a non-issue.” Megyn Kelly, however, was having none of it.
Kelly: “Why, in that interview, didn’t he just say what he did on Friday, which is ‘I denounce David Duke, period?'”
Pierson: “Well, you’re absolutely right. The problem with the second interview, the one Sunday morning, is that he did have trouble hearing at the very first when Mr. Tapper mentioned an organization that Mr. Trump was not familiar with and, if you listen to Mr. Trump, throughout the entire interview, he keeps talking about ‘groups,’ ‘organizations,’ not individuals. He did not have a name correlation to that organization, which is why he simply said, ‘Jake, send me what you have so I can see it before I cast a judgment,’ and that was it. I have to agree with your colleague, Bill O’Reilly, on this when he said it’s a non-issue.”
Kelly: “Well, you know, with all due respect to Bill, he doesn’t get to decide that. The voters do.”
Kelly shot down the excuses and attempted to elicit from the spokeswoman an honest answer.
Kelly: “Tapper asked him ‘Will you unequivocally condemn David Duke and say you don’t want his vote or that of other white supremacists in this election?’ That’s what he asked him, and then he (Trump) said, ‘I don’t know anything about David Duke. I don’t know what you’re talking about with white supremacists. I don’t know.’ So he heard what Tapper said: David Duke and white supremacists. There wasn’t anything about other groups, and Trump indicated that he heard both pieces of it: Duke and white supremacists.”
Pierson: “Right, the miscommunication came in at the very beginning, when Tapper was talking about…”
Kelly: “That is the very beginning! That is the very beginning.”
Pierson: “…with the Anti-Defamation League, that’s what Jake Tapper started with…”
Kelly: “He said, ‘I want to ask you about the Anti-Defamation League, which this week called on you to publicly condemn’…”
Pierson: “Which Mr. Trump didn’t know anything about, that’s my point, though, Megyn.”
Kelly: “But he wasn’t saying ‘condemn the Anti-Defamation…’ He doesn’t know who the Anti-Defamation League is?”
Pierson went on to insist that it was the “groups” that were confusing Trump and that David Duke has not endorsed Donald Trump, which is true, although he has been making speeches to increase the white nationalist support for Trump.
“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage.”
See the exchange below:
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