By Jon Dougherty
Senior editor Mollie Hemmingway of The Federalist defended POTUS Donald Trump Monday night against the Democratic Left’s allegations that he has never ‘adequately’ condemned white nationalism and white supremacists.
In a panel discussion on Fox News with Washington Post reporter Mark Thiessen, Hemingway lamented the fact that when the president does call out people and groups by name, the Leftist media either distort what he says or fails to report it altogether, in a bid to keep intact their false narrative that he’s a bigot and a racist.
The debate comes on the heels of an attack against two mosques in New Zealand by 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, an Australian the media is calling a white nationalist. Fifty people were killed and another 50 wounded in the country’s worst-ever domestic terrorist attack. The president expressed his condolences for the victims on Twitter.
After the attack, he was asked at the White House by a reporter if he believed that “white nationalism is on the rise” around the world, to which the president replied that he did not.
That set the Left on fire.
Thiessen began the discussion by correctly calling out Democrats and others in the media over their attempt to link the president’s past comments — taken out of context — to the attack as “absurd.” However, he claimed that POTUS is “vulnerable” to that kind of criticism because he has yet to “definitively” reject “the alt-Right” in the United States.
Hemingway interjected, saying that allegation was “not true.” She referenced POTUS’ comments after the Charlottesville, Va., incident, where he said, “I am not talking about neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally,” something she said was from the same event as his “both sides” comments.
“When he condemns people by name, it doesn’t get mentioned and that is something that the media has done a very bad job at telling the truth on,” Hemingway said to Thiessen.
The WaPo reporter doubled down, however, and claimed that the alt-Right movement is “claiming” POTUS Trump’s failure to specifically name them is akin to Democrats’ failure to call out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) by name for her anti-Semitism.
Hemingway wasn’t buying. She said it is “frustrating” that the president’s obvious condemnation of neo-Nazis and white supremacists go unacknowledged by the media. She also pointed to Tarrant’s manifesto in which he claimed that he wanted to get the media to have these conversations to “blame certain people for what he did.”
The Federalist editor also lamented the fact that pundits in the U.S. were debating such inane things as parsing the president’s words instead of the horrific nature of the attack and its victims.
“The fact that this is the nature of the conversation we’re having right now when there is this attack, we should be talking about the people who were murdered and the victims and what they have gone through,” Hemmingway said.
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