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Krauthammer Clashes With Ingraham After Slamming Trump’s ‘Moral Disgrace’ Today

Charles Krauthammer clashed with Laura Ingraham on Fox News’ Special Report tonight over comments from President Trump that the former deemed a “moral disgrace.”

After the President’s bonkers press conference today where he stood by his initial “both sides” remarks about Charlottesville, Ingraham told Bill Hemmer that it really doesn’t help Trump’s agenda for him to get “sidetracked” like this.

She did defend some of what he said and his point about the “violence on both sides in that event Saturday,” but said, “He is there to calmly guide the nation through what at the moment is a very troubled time. And advance an agenda of economic empowerment, streamlining regulations, and keeping very optimistic and positive about the American spirit. When he does that, I think it’s really positive. Today I think he got caught in kind of the pundit trap.”

Krauthammer was a little taken aback by that argument:

“To critique what he did today on the grounds that it distracts from the agenda or was a tactical mistake I believe is a cop-out. What Trump did today was a moral disgrace. What he did is reverted back to where he was on Saturday, and made it very clear that what he read on… Monday, two days later, was a hostage take. Clearly reading off a prompter, saying these denunciations by name of the KKK, et cetera. That wasn’t Trump speaking. That was the aides speaking.”

Ingraham shot back by saying she resents him calling that a “cop-out,” saying, “I’m not going to pass moral judgment on whether Donald Trump is morally on the same plane as you are, Charles.”

She said talking about the violence on both sides wasn’t “defending Neo-Nazis,” but instead an honest discussion of ugly elements on the left.

After Ingraham said she has “no idea” why Trump didn’t make clearer and stronger remarks the first time around, Krauthammer shot back, “I will tell you why he didn’t say it on Saturday, which he made plain today. Because that’s not what’s in his heart.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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