On Wednesday morning’s edition of “Fox & Friends,” two guests got emotional over President Donald Trump’s refusal to disavow Nazis and white supremacists.
Democratic strategist Wendy Osefo and Republican political analyst Gianno Caldwell were asked by anchor Abby Huntsman how they feel as Americans of color in the wake of Trump’s unhinged press conference on Tuesday in which he said there are “good people” on both sides of the Nazism debate.
The death of Heather Heyer and the brutal beating of Deandre Harris, 20, Osefo said, are not talking points.
“This is about hatred,” she said. “This is about white supremacy.”
As a mother of two boys, she said, she watched the hatred and violence unfolding in Charlottesville with alarm and horror.
“There are good people on both sides of this debate,” said Huntsman. “Keeping those statues up, people that I’ve talked to say this is about history. How do we move forward, how do we learn from those mistakes if we just tear everything down?”
“I come today with a very heavy heart,” Caldwell said. “Last night, I couldn’t sleep at all, because Pres. Trump, our president, has literally betrayed the conscience of our country. The very moral fabric in which we’ve made progress when it comes to race relations in America. Our president has failed us.”
With regards to their being “good people” on either side of the debate, Caldwell said, “Mr. President, good people don’t pal around with Nazis and white supremacists.”
“This has become very troubling,” he said, “and for anyone to come on any network and defend what President Trump did and said at that press conference yesterday is completely lost in the potential to be morally bankrupt.”
Both guests shed tears as they spoke about the sense of betrayal they feel in seeing the commander in chief embrace an ideology that classifies them as less than human.
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Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’
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The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.
"How is it racist?" she asked.
"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"
She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.
"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.
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"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.
American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS
US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.
A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.