An offhand comment that President Donald Trump has never threatened journalists with violence opened up a can of worms for one his most avid defenders on MSNBC this morning.
Appearing on AM Joy with fill-in host Ali Velshi, Women for Trump founder Amy Kremer was sticking up for the president’s tepid response to the reported death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“Let’s say that the president has said the fake news is the enemy of the people, not the press is an enemy of the people,” Kremer asserted. “When [MSNBC contributor] Dana Millbank said that his words are being used to promote this kind of behavior around the world, killing journalists, that is absurd. And I take offense to that and every American should. Donald Trump has never advocated for any journalist to be harmed or murdered.”
Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks jumped in to mention MSNBC personality Katy Tur, while host Velshi mentioned Trump tweeting a graphic of a CNN reporter getting hit by a train.
Millbank pointed out another tweet from Trump showing a CNN reporter being beaten during a wrestling match.
“No, no. He’s posting memes,” Kremer protested. “People post those all the time. That doesn’t mean he’s going out advocating for the murder of journalists, that’s absurd.”
Later in the segment, analyst Malcolm Nance recalled the story of Tur needing security to leave a Trump rally after the president singled her out.
You can watch the video below via MSNBC: