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CNN’s Smerconish presses Conway over Trump, Charlottesville: ‘It was not the perfect answer’

CNN host Michael Smerconish on Saturday pressed White House counselor Kellyanne Conway over President Trump’s recent comments about white nationalists and counterprotesters at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump initially said there were “very fine people on both sides” before condemning hate groups that were present, including the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and neo-Nazis. He said this week that he handled the situation “perfectly” and was referring to people who were protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate army leader Trump called “a great general.”

{mosads}”But no fine person would stand alongside torchbearers who are chanting, ‘Jews will not replace us,'” Smerconish said Saturday while interviewing Conway, referring to a group of protesters who marched around Charlottesville the night before the 2017 protest.

“It was not the perfect answer because the perfect answer would have left no room for ambiguity or interpretation,” he added.

Conway defended Trump over his Charlottesville remarks, claiming that he was clear in his condemnation of hate groups.

“There is no room for ambiguity and interpretation. What the president said in condemning violence, bigotry, hatred, and he specifically called out KKK, neo-nationalists, white supremacists,” she said.

Trump defended his Charlottesville comments on Friday after they were put back into the spotlight following Joe Biden’s entrance into the 2020 presidential race.

The former Democratic vice president released a video to launch his campaign in which he highlighted Trump’s 2017 comments about the rally, where a white nationalist killed a counterprotester.

“With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it,” Biden said. “And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I’d ever seen in my lifetime.”

Conway on Saturday repeatedly ripped Biden over his record, often citing in the interview his chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the 1991 Anita Hill hearings.

Tags Anita Hill Black Lives Matter Charlottesville CNN News Donald Trump Joe Biden Joe Biden Kellyanne Conway Michael Smerconish Neo-Nazism in the United States Unite the Right rally White supremacist rally

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