Jerry Falwell Jr. Defends Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Remarks: ‘He Has Inside Information’
On today’s broadcast of ABC’s This Week, guest host Martha Raddatz noted that when they reached out to the White House to see if they would send someone to speak for the president, they were referred to Jerry Falwell Jr. Falwell, the president of Liberty University, was an early supporter of Trump’s during the presidential campaign.
Right off the bat, Raddatz pressed the evangelical leader over his praise of Trump’s Charlottesville comments in which the president blamed “both sides” for the violence while defending the alt-right.
“The bold and truthful statements I was talking about was the willingness to identify the groups, the Nazis, the KKK, the white supremacists by name,” Falwell answered, pointing to Trump’s Monday statement and not his Tuesday presser. “That is something a leader should do.”
Raddatz retorted, “He said there were very fine people on both sides. Do you believe there were very fine people on both sides?”
Falwell countered that the president apparently saw things that others haven’t because he has access to secret info.
“He has inside information that I don’t have,” he told Raddatz. “I don’t know if there were historical purists there. He had information I didn’t have. I believe he spoke what was — I think he saw videos of who was there.”
Raddatz and Falwell would go round and round over Trump’s response and whether it suggested there was a moral equivalency between white supremacists and counter-protesters. Falwell would go on to brush off that criticism — including from Heather Heyer’s mother — by stating that Trump doesn’t have a “racist bone in his body.”
Watch the clip above, via ABC News.
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