On Friday’s episode of “The Michael Knowles Show,” Knowles disproves Corey Booker’s claim that Trump can’t condemn white supremacy. Video and partial transcript below:
The most frivolous award goes to, drum roll please, Cory Booker. We don’t need to really get into the substance of his answers because it’s Cory Booker, it’s not gonna be all that relevant pretty soon. But he repeated one canard that he just can’t drop and that takes away a lot of his credibility. He called Trump a racist, they all called Trump racist, but then he got specific and where you get specific is where you can be proven wrong. He said that Trump is not able to condemn white supremacy. Here’s [Booker]:
BOOKER: It’s not just an issue that we hear a president that can’t condemn white supremacy.
He can’t condemn white supremacy, right? He can’t do it. Trump could never condemn white supremacy, or racism, or bigotry except — hold on, wait a second. He’s done it repeatedly, for years, to refresh your memory.
TRUMP: Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.
TRUMP: And I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our Creator, we are equal under the law, and we are equal under our Constitution. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.
TRUMP: How many times do I have to reject? I reject David Duke, rejected David Duke. I’ve rejected the KKK, the Ku Klux Klan. From the time I’m five years old, I rejected them. I put it on Twitter last week and now I have been asked this question so many times. I have rejected it so many times now.
Nah, I’m not buying it, Mr. President. Cory Booker says you can’t condemn white supremacy — you only condemned … like what, like 200 times or something? So anyway, that’s Cory Booker.
This hurts him to say this kind of stuff. He just seems shrill, which is his vocal problem, and the shrillness goes to the content of what he’s saying too. Nobody, not even the Democratic voters, believes … that [Trump] can’t condemn whites or that Trump can’t condemn white supremacy. He does, they know he has. Now, what Booker could say is [that] Trump is using dog whistles. He is using rhetoric that is actually giving cover to white supremacists, even though he’s explicitly condemning them. I mean, he could come up with some kind of twisted logic to still call Trump a racist while acknowledging reality. But if Booker’s not going to acknowledge reality, reality ain’t going to acknowledge him.