White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany declared Monday that President Donald Trump does not have a viewpoint on the Confederate flag.
Simply hours previously, Trump tweeted to regret the flag’s lack at NASCAR occasions, stating the business’s decision to prohibit the flag was accountable for the sport’s “lowest ratings ever.” (Fox Sports executive Michael Mulvihill has stated NASCAR viewership is in fact up 8% given that its return on May 17.)
Asked consistently to describe why the president would not condemn the flag, a sign of slavery and white supremacy, McEnany rather stated and deflected Trump’s tweet was being mischaracterized.
In one especially illuminating exchange, Bloomberg press reporter Mario Parker asked why Trump had not applauded NASCAR for prohibiting the flag, provided “what it represents in terms of treasonous acts and insurrection against the Republic.”
McEnany reacted by slamming the renewed national motion to eliminate Confederate monoliths, then– when pushed once again to resolve the flag particularly– stated the president had absolutely nothing to state about the problem.
“He’s not given an opinion one way or the other on that,” she stated. “I just spoke to him this morning.”
Kayleigh McEnany: “The President wants no part of cancel culture… He stands against the demonization of Americans.” pic.twitter.com/13 SIuiRDHO
— The Hill (@thehill) July 6,2020
The claim struck home with PBS White House reporter Yamiche Alcindor.
“Let that sink in a minute,” she tweeted after the instruction. “The president of the United States can’t say whether he supports flying a flag associated with treason and supporters of slavery.”
@PressSec has stated consistently today that Pres Trump has not taken a stance in favor of or versus the Confederate flag.
Let that sink in a minute.
The president of the United States can’t state whether he supports flying a flag related to treason and fans of slavery.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 6,2020
NASCAR chauffeur Bubba Wallace was likewise a centerpiece of Trump’s tweet previously Monday. Wallace, who is Black, led the effective motion to prohibit the Confederate flag from NASCAR occasions. A noose was later on discovered in his racetrack garage, which an FBI examination concluded wasn’t part of a targeted racist attack versus Wallace.
Trump baselessly called it a “hoax” and inexplicably required that Wallace say sorry to other drivers.
“Love over hate every day,” Wallace reacted onTwitter “Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate. Even when it’s HATE from the POTUS.”
To the next generation and kids following my foot actions. #LoveWins pic.twitter.com/tVaV3pkdLe
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) July 6,2020
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