Ken Parker, a former neo-Nazi who is now working against the movement he once championed, has told CNN that many people within his movement were heartened after President Donald Trump defended some of the neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
Parker told CNN on Thursday that he attended the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally last year, and he now admits that the entire gathering was just an excuse to demonstrate hatred for racial minorities.
“On paper, we were just going up there to stand up for the white race,” he said. “But honestly, I think everybody was just going to fight.”
He then explained how Trump’s infamous declaration that some of the Charlottesville racists were “very fine people” emboldened some of his cohorts.
“Some of them were real happy about it,” he said of Trump’s statement. “Others in the movement, they got angry at Trump — Trump wasn’t anti-Jewish enough, he wasn’t doing enough for white nationalism.”
Parker left the white nationalist movement after he started attending a predominantly black church that welcomed him in and, in CNN’s words, “washed away the hate” he felt toward other people. Parker has since worked to remove the swastika tattoo on his chest.
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Don Lemon notes the GOP panic after their own witnesses gave testimony harming Trump: ‘Worried much?’
CNN anchor Don Lemon explained how witnesses called by Republicans in the impeachment inquiry destoryed the defenses employed by President Donald Trump and his allies.
"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.
"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."
"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."
NSC aide Morrison flounders as lawmaker asks why he reported Trump’s phone call if he didn’t think it was a big deal
At the impeachment hearings on Tuesday, National Security Council aide Tim Morrison stressed that he didn't believe there was anything inappropriate about the call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But when Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) asked him why he reported the call to government lawyers, he had no answer.
"You responded to a series of questions about the call and saw nothing wrong with it, yet you skipped your chain of command to go to legal counsel to find out — I guess to find out what to do, because you were concerned about the political fallout, not about anything being appropriate or wrong with the call, is that correct?" asked Demings.
CNN legal analyst flattens Rick Santorum for ridiculous impeachment defense of Trump
Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum was shut down on CNN for his latest defense of President Donald Trump.
Santorum was effectively arguing for people to ignore the words coming from Trump.
"Wait, this argument is insane," Carrie Cordero said. "You cannot argue that the president of the United States' words do not matter or that he's just sort of spouting off or he has his own views."
"The reality is we ignore 80 to 90% of what the president says," Santorum argued. "Look at the tweets, we ignore most of those things he tweets and say 'it's Trump being Trump.'"
Then CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin flattened Santorum.