‘You Just Decried Both Sides!’ Tapper Grills WH Advisor Bossert on Charlottesville

CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert about President Trump‘s comments condemning violence “on many sides” in Charlottesville.

Tapper brought up the reaction from some Neo-Nazis, asking if it meant the President wasn’t clear enough in his meaning. Bossert defended Trump’s remarks and said instead of focusing on “words he didn’t say,” he should look at the entirety of what he did say in his “refutation of hatred.”

At one point Tapper asked him, “How many people did the counter-protesters kill yesterday, Mr. Bossert?”

He brought up the one person killed after a car plowed into a crowd of protesters. Bossert said he wouldn’t allow Tapper to put him in the position of being an “apologist” of someone charged with murder.

But Bossert did say earlier that there were people “on both sides looking for trouble.” Tapper revisited this and cried, “You just decried both sides!”

When Bossert brought up the “groups” that showed up spewing hate, Tapper tried to get him to be more specific.

Eventually, Tapper just called out Bossert for not being more specifically condemnatory of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. Bossert said he does condemn those groups.

Watch above, via CNN.

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