Keith Ellison: Evidence points to Trump being 'sympathetic' to white nationalist point of view

Keith Ellison: Evidence points to Trump being 'sympathetic' to white nationalist point of view
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Minnesota state Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonFormer Sanders aides launch consulting firm Minnesota AG will defend state's abortion restrictions despite personal views Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE (D), who was the first Muslim elected to Congress, said President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE does not see white nationalism as a rising threat around the world because evidence shows he is “sympathetic” to that point of view.

Speaking on CNN’s "New Day" on Monday morning, Ellison addressed Trump’s comments on white nationalism, which came just hours after mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand left at least 49 people dead.

“I think sometimes you simply have to yield to the objective evidence, and that is, it points to him being sympathetic to that point of view,” Ellison said, referring to the white nationalist point of view. “Whether it’s Charlottesville or whatever it is, it all seems to point back to he has some sympathy for that position and is not willing to condemn it.”

Ellison formerly served as a Democratic congressman from Minnesota and the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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He pointed to other evidence, such as choosing not to denounce former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, as evidence that Trump is sympathetic to white nationalism.

“There are so many points of evidence that indicate that for some reason, he is reluctant to condemn white supremacy or recognize it,” Ellison said.

Trump on Friday said he thinks white nationalist views stem from a “small group of people that have very, very serious problems.”

He called the New Zealand shooting “senseless” and "horrific” and offered America’s support to the country.

Ellison said neglecting to strongly condemn white nationalism is dangerous because these extremist groups see governments as “complicit.”