Dem rep: 'Trump presidency unraveling before our eyes'
© Greg Nash

Democratic Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) said on Friday that Trump's presidency is "unraveling before our eyes."

“Condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists should be easy,” he said. President Trump, he argued, decided “to stand up for ... bigots and defend a domestic terrorist organization," he said on an ABC's Powerhouse Politics” podcast.

Carson also weighed in on the recent firing of White House strategist Steve Bannon, saying that the former Breitbart News boss "should never have been hired in the first place." 

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"It was disgraceful to hire someone who said the terrible things he did," Carson added. "This is long overdue.

Carson's comments come just a few days after he and fellow Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) co-sponsored a bill urging President Trump to fire advisers and White House staff who are white supremacists.

 

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, policy adviser Stephen Miller and Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka were all specifically named in the resolution, which claimed they had supported white supremacists and demanded their firing.  

Trump has faced mounting pressure in recent days to disavow hate groups after he appeared during a Tuesday news conference to equate white nationalists with counterprotesters who had turned out in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend to oppose them.

In that press conference, Trump also criticized those he called "alt-left" demonstrators, accusing them of violently confronting racist groups protesting the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove a Confederate statue from a park.

Trump's comments on the matter have reignited a national debate over Confederate statues and monuments and whether they should be removed from government buildings and public locations.