On Tuesday, CNN interviewed a white supremacist — or, as he prefers to call himself a “white advocate” — named Jared Taylor. The interview took place shortly after 2:00 p.m. ET, approximately two hours before President Donald Trump addressed the media at Trump Tower.
To be clear, the footage did not air on CNN prior to Trump’s press conference. So the President had no way to know what Taylor said before speaking with the media. This is not a case of plagiarism.
This is a case of President Donald Trump and a white supremacist making very similar comments.
Here is a quote from Taylor:
There would have been no violence whatsoever if there had not been counter protesters showing up with baseball bats and helmets and masks.
And here’s Trump, two hours later:
What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.
If those folks hadn’t showed up, there wouldn’t have been any violence. I believe thatthey are much more hate motivated than the people who wanted to gather and talk about preserving the Lee statue and preserving a white majority.
But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue of Robert E. Lee.
When are we going to rename the capital city, Washington, D.C.? He was a slave owner. When are we going to write out of history the first seven of nine presidents who owned slaves? Are they all going to come down?
George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down — excuse me. Are we going to take down — are we going to take statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?
Watch the incredible footage above, via CNN.
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