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 EllisonMinnesota sues Juul over rise in youth vaping Jane Fonda calls for protecting water resources at weekly DC climate protest Progressives ramp up fight against Facebook MORE (D), who was the first Muslim elected to Congress, said President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 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.”