Spicer Dodges Question On Why Trump’s OK With Ted Nugent But Not Kathy Griffin
During an off-camera press gaggle today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the recent controversy and fallout surrounding Kathy Griffin’s beheaded Donald Trump photo. However, Politico’s Matthew Nussbaum wasn’t so much interested in the president’s reaction to Griffin, which we’ve already received, but the possibility that Trump is exercising selective outrage.
“I have a question about this Kathy Griffin incident,” Nussbaum stated. “Obviously, her conduct is widely condemned and it is not a partisan thing to be joking about violence against the president is unacceptable, but on that note, I wanted to ask about Ted Nugent who joked multiple times about assassinating President Barack Obama, who said Hillary Clinton should be hanged.”
Nussbaum continued, “He was invited to the White House for dinner by President Trump. Do you beleive that was appropriate and if Trump was offended by this incident why was he not bother by all of Mr. Nugent’s comments?”
“I’d have to look back and see what those statements were and what the reactionw as at the time,” Spicer responded. When Nussbaum pointed out that at one point Nugent said to “suck on my machine gun,” Spicer moved on and again explained that the White House had made statements on the Griffin situation.
Of course, because there is always a Trump tweet for every occasion, we can see how Trump reacted to one of Nugent’s outlandish past comments:
Ted Nugent was obviously using a figure of speech, unfortunate as it was. It just shows the anger people have towards @BarackObama.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2012
Apparently, Trump felt Nugent should be quickly forgiven for saying Obama was “vile” and “evil” and that voters should ride into battle and chop Democrats’ heads off. And, of course, he made sure to have Nugent over for dinner earlier this year. On the flip side, Griffin — who apologized for the photo — has lost her CNN New Year’s Eve hosting gig.
Meanwhile, Nussbaum noted that Spicer completely dodged the question at today’s gaggle:
And he didn't have an answer. Said he couldn't recall what the reaction was at the time. https://t.co/Xjk9wDvaA0
— Matthew Nussbaum (@MatthewNussbaum) May 31, 2017
Listen to the clip above, via CNN.
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