Reason Editor Matt Welch Mocks Trump’s Second Charlottesville Speech: ‘It Was a Hostage Video’

On Monday, President Donald Trump took a mulligan on his initial comments about Charlottesville — after facing near-universal criticism that his first speech didn’t specifically condemn white supremacy and neo-Nazis.

Trump went much further in his Monday remarks — but the consensus on Twitter was that it was too little, too late. According to Reason magazine editor Matt Welch, it was also done against the President’s will.

Appearing on MSNBC, Welch called it like he saw it on Trump’s brief remarks from the White House.

“It was a hostage video. I mean, let’s be honest about that,” Welch said. “He got attacked not just by the evil fake news liberal media but by a whole bunch of sitting Republican office holders in the Senate, various governors…It does hurt to some degree.”

But even though Welch believes Trump caved to external pressure by making a second speech on Charlottesville, the Reason editor noted Trump’s Tuesday morning Twitter behavior, and suggested that this instance Trump listening to his critics might be a rare occurrence going forward.

“I don’t know if he has the self-awareness to see this as a problem,” Welch said. He added, “I don’t see a lot of evidence that he thinks his own behavior is a problem.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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