Presidential historian Michael Bechsloss told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump may have done more to hurt victims of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre than he’s done to help them.
In an interview with CNN’s John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Bechloss said he was particularly troubled by the fact that Trump paid tribute to the eleven Jews murdered by a white nationalist over the weekend before attending a campaign rally where he proudly called himself a “nationalist.”
“He went ahead with his campaign rally, he pronounced himself a nationalist,” Bechloss said. “And the best explanation of that is he didn’t know what he was saying on that sacred day.”
Bechloss then explained the troubling historical connotations that arise from embracing nationalism as an ideology.
“‘Nationalist’ has been used to describe some pretty ugly people in American society,” he said. “George Lincoln Rockwell, the head of the American Nazi Party, wrote a book called, ‘The Nationalist Perspective.’ So not only did you have a president who didn’t do what other presidents do in terms of comforting those who felt afflicted and hurt, but he may have even rubbed salt in the wounds.”
Watch the full interview below.
CNN lays out damning timeline of Trump and Giuliani’s calls to Ukraine seeking dirt on Biden
Following Rudy Giuliani's extraordinary appearance on CNN on Thursday night, where he may have admitted the commission of a crime, the hosts of CNN's "New Day" compiled a timeline linking the approximate date of Trump's phone call that was flagged by a whistleblower to subsequent events involving Ukraine.
According to the timeline, presented by hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Trump spoke with the president of Ukraine on July 25, with Giuliani meeting with him later that month.
What followed was the August 12 whistleblower complaint and then Trump blocking aide to Ukraine by the end of the month.
Watch Rudy Giuliani’s stunning confession that he has been pressuring Ukraine officials for dirt on Biden
Attorney for the president Rudy Giuliani gave a combative, belligerent and downright incoherent interview on CNN Thursday evening, raving about a ballooning scandal involving Donald Trump and Ukraine.
Giuliani and Trump have apparently been pressuring the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a probe that could help the president’s re-election campaign. That massive scandal had been unfurling on its own for months, but it blew up Thursday when multiple reports revealed that a mysteriously suppressed whistleblower complaint in the intelligence community reportedly concerns Trump’s conduct and the country of Ukraine.
Rudy Giuliani goes completely off the rails in bellowing interview with CNN’s Cuomo
On Thursday night, following reports that the whistleblower in the intelligence community was complaining about a call President Donald Trump made to the Ukraine, CNN's Chris Cuomo hosted Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who recently tried to recruit Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. And things went off the rails quickly.
"I don't know the answer as to why it was released but I find nothing wrong in what he did," said Giuliani.
"You don't even know what he did," said Cuomo.
"I find a lot wrong in what you are covering up and what you continue to cover up and what your network continues to cover up," said Giuliani. "Go look. Go look at Joe Biden January of 2018. Bribery 100 percent."