Face the Nation’s interview with Senator Tim Kaine (D) turned to vitriol instantly as Kaine launched into a tirade against President Trump, accusing him of bigotry, racism, and emboldening white nationalists.
Kaine’s attacks came after the tragedy in New Zealand. Although the President condemned the shooter, Kaine still attempted to connect the events with the President’s rhetoric.
In fact, Kaine accused the President of emboldening white nationalists and inciting violence.
Senator Kaine Labels Trump as a Bigot and Racist Who Emboldens White Nationalists
At the beginning of his diatribe, Kaine stated, “The president uses language often that’s very similar to the language used by these bigots and racists.”
Kaine explained, “We saw in the aftermath of the horrible attack in Charlottesville that he tried to say that the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, neo confederates there were just, you know, good people.”
Kaine then attempted to accuse the President of doing nothing after the tragic shooting in New Zealand, saying, “if he’s not going to call it out then other leaders have to do more to call it out and I certainly will.”
Margaret Brennan, the interviewer, was quick to correct him: “Well the president did say it was a horrible thing that happened but he said that the White Nationalism issue is just a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.”
Kaine, however, responded by continuing his line of attack: “Well they have problems but, I think the president is using language that emboldens them.”
Kaine then attempted to link the New Zealand shooter directly with the President by using Trump’s comments on illegal immigration, “he used the word invaders to characterize people coming to the nation’s southern borders which was exactly the same phrase that the shooter in New Zealand used to characterize the Muslims that he was attacking” Kaine said. “That kind of language from the person who probably has the loudest microphone on the planet Earth is hurtful and dangerous and it tends to incite violence.”
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