Ellison: Trump 'best person to clarify' if he is not sympathetic to white supremacists

Ellison: Trump 'best person to clarify' if he is not sympathetic to white supremacists

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Monday said President Trump is the "best person to clarify" if he is not sympathetic to white supremacists.

The Democratic National Committee deputy chairman was asked during an interview on CNN's "New Day" about his recent comments that Trump has "some level of sympathy" for neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

"I'm not saying he is one," Ellison said.

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"If he is not sympathetic to them, the best person to clarify this is the president himself. He himself can say I absolutely denounce these people."

Ellison said the president can even go further than that.

"He can have a national convening where he talks about how we move forward as a country," Ellison said.

"One America, liberty and justice for all, everybody included, and yet, that's not what we're seeing."

Last week, Ellison said he believes Trump has "some level of sympathy" for neo-Nazis and white supremacists following his comments on the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., that occurred during a white supremacist rally there to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. 

Trump last week ignited a firestorm when he said during a press conference there is "blame on both sides" for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, which resulted in the death of one anti-racist protester and the injury of more than a dozen others when a man with white supremacist ties plowed his car into a crowd. 
 
During the interview Monday, Ellison also said Trump's "judgment is absolutely off."
 
"Most Americans are appalled by what happened in Charlottesville," he said.
 
"They're not slow to respond to it, and we're trying to work with them, because at the end of the day, we've got to change what happened at the ballot box."