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CNN’s Jim Acosta blasts Trump for ‘denying reality’ when he downplays white nationalism — just ask the FBI

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On Friday, CNN’s Jim Acosta said that President Donald Trump is “denying reality” by downplaying the rise of white nationalist ideology.

After a mass shooting in a New Zealand mosque, the president was asked by reporters if he sees a rise in white nationalism.

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“I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people,” the president responded.

Acosta told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that white nationalism is a threat that can’t be denied.

“As for the president’s claim that white nationalism is not a rising threat, he may want to consider FBI figures showing right-wing extremism is a growing concern,” he said.

Acosta then listed examples of white nationalism.

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“From the violence on the streets of Charlottesville to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the mosque attack in New Zealand. It’s a threat that can’t be denied unless you are denying reality,” he said.

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