Fox’s Gerard Baker: ‘No Question’ White Supremacists See Trump as ‘On Their Side’
Fox Business host and Wall Street Journal editor-at-large Gerard Baker said Monday there’s “no question” white supremacists see President Donald Trump as “on their side,” during a segment on the mass shootings in New Zealand.
Baker joined Fox News’ Dana Perino on Monday to discuss the killing of more than 50 people at two Christchurch mosques by a white nationalist. He argued that whether it’s Islamist terrorism or right wing terrorism, both sides need to blame the ideology behind such attacks instead of social media.
Perino noted that critics of the president have tied him to the shooting, mostly on the grounds that the president was cited as a “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” in the suspected perpetrator’s manifesto. Baker argued that there’s “no direct linkage” between the shooter and Trump — even when he ran on banning Muslims from the U.S. — and Perino asked him again whether Trump can be blamed for a “trend” of white supremacist violence.
“There is no question that white supremacists, large numbers of white supremacists, see Donald Trump and other people like him as kind of on their side,” Baker said, noting the president’s rhetoric on immigration and cultural issues.
Baker went on to argue that Trump was “badly misrepresented” with Charlottesville remarks, but said he could be more explicit in his condemnations.
“He was not actually saying there were good Neo Nazis, he wasn’t saying that, but he didn’t get to his message across clearly,” Baker said. “The idea he is out there deliberately giving succor and support to these white supremacists is not true. But he and others could do a better job of standing up directly and denouncing these people.”
So, was Trump “badly misrepresented” on Charlottesville when he said there were “good people” marching with neo-Nazis, condemned the “alt-left” for their behavior, and said there was “blame on both sides” that the media refused to recognize? Take a look at the transcript, you decide.
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