Trump is quick to attack -- except when 'white nationalism is rearing its head': Former New Orleans mayor
Mitch Landrieu/CNN screen shot

Former New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu, told CNN on Monday that it was curious how President Donald Trump is always quick on the attack -- except when it comes to white nationalism.


Host Poppy Harlow asked Landrieu about the mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, which was allegedly carried out by a white nationalist.

"The president condemned the attack, he did not condemn white nationalism," she said, and compared it to Trump's response to the 2017 "Unite the Right" riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. "'It was both sides,' that was the language then. This time it's not a direct condemnation of white nationalism. What's your reaction?"

"The president seems to jump real quick on everybody else's head but he's real slow when it comes to the issue of white nationalism," Landrieu said. "He's going to have to explain that to the American public."

"This is not new in America, it's not new in the world. Hate doesn't know any boundaries unfortunately," he added. "It travels like a virus and travels quickly."

"White supremacy and white nationalism is rearing its head" all over the world, Landrieu said, pointing to recent hate-driven mass shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. "We in America have to put that down. There's a lot of room for us to argue about what's conservative, what's moderate, what's liberal, what's progressive. In America, everybody comes to the table. Democracy is equals."

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