ABC’s Jon Karl Busts Sarah Sanders Hard on Trump’s Failure to Personally Condemn Steve King’s Racist Remarks
ABC News White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl turned the tables on Sarah Huckabee Sanders by asking why Donald Trump has never personally condemned the racist remarks that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) made in January.
At a rare White House press briefing, Karl asked Sanders about Trump’s accusation that Democrats “hate Jewish people,” and Sanders changed the subject to controversial remarks that have been made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MI), which prompted a congressional resolution denouncing all forms of hate.
Sanders said, of dealing with Omar’s comments, that “it should be done the way the Republicans did it when Steve King made terrible comments, we called it by name, we stripped him of his committee memberships, and we’d like to see Democrats follow suit.”
“But first of all, you mentioned Steve King, the president, correct me if I’m wrong, has not condemned Steve King For what he said praising white supremacy,” Karl said. “Has the president publicly come out and said anything criticizing or condemning?”
“I speak on behalf of the president on a number of topics, and I’ve talked about that a number of times, and I would refer you back to those comments where I used words like abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Trump has not publicly denounced the comments by King, for whom Trump campaigned during the 2018 midterm elections.
Watch the clip above, via C-Span.
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