Sarah Sanders Gets in Heated Spat With Jon Karl Over Trump’s Rhetoric in Emotional Briefing: ‘I’m Not Finished’
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sparred with ABC’s Jon Karl on Monday when pressed on whether President Donald Trump needs to do more in response to the acts of violence around the country over the last few days.
Sanders started the briefing with an emotional address of how Trump and his administration offers sympathy to the victims of the Pittsburg synagogue shooting over the weekend. After that, Karl asked whether Trump has considered whether his rhetoric could incite people around the country to do “awful things.”
Karl eventually honed in by remarking on how the president continues to attack the media and various political critics who were recently targeted by explosive packages allegedly sent by a pro-Trump bomber. Karl asked Sanders how Trump can make his attacks like this when the suspected bomber was apparently emboldened by the president, and the synagogue shooter was at least partially motivated by the Central American migrant caravan Trump attacked numerous times in the last few days.
“Why is he out there, when you say he’s trying to unite the country…making attacks?”
Sanders struck back by accusing the media of blaming Trump personally for “these ridiculous acts.” Karl tried to get a word in, but Sanders snapped “I’m not finished” at him as they continued to go back and forth about whether Trump is attacking the victims of the attacks while absolving himself of any responsibility.
“That is outrageous that that would be the very first reaction of so many people across this country…The only person responsible for carrying out either of these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out. It’s not the president, no more than it was Bernie Sanders‘ fault for the individual who shot up a baseball field of congressional Republicans.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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