White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley asserted on Tuesday that President Donald Trump was not talking about the “dark times” of slavery when he compared the ongoing impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.”
Gidley made the comments to reporters minutes after he defended the president’s remarks on Fox News.
During a press gaggle outside the White House, Gidley was asked if he understood why Trump “could not possibly be a victim of a lynching.”
“The president is not comparing what happened to him to one of our darkest moments in American history,” Gidley insisted. “He’s just not. What he’s explaining clearly is the way he’s been treated by the media since he announced for president.”
“The president is not hanging from a tree,” a correspondent told Gidley.
WH Deputy Press Sec Hogan Gidley on Trump’s “lynching” tweet.
“He’s not comparing himself to those dark times.” (Responding to a Q from @PaulaReidCBS about why the President keeps going to back to racial animus)
“He’s not being hanged from a tree” – @dmartosko says to Gidley.
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) October 22, 2019
“You know the history of that word,” one reporter noted. “Will you condemn lynchings?”
“The president was clearly articulating the way the president feels about the way you guys have been treating him,” Gidley repeated. “Impeachment… he is receiving no due process as many of you know.”
“Do you understand why every African-American in this country is furious right now?” another reporter asked.
Gidley, however, tried to steer the conversation to “what this president has done for the African-American community.”
“Are you saying black Americans should suck it up because the economy is good?” a correspondent shouted.
Watch the video below from C-SPAN.
Trump advisors futilely trying to get him to stop ranting about statues as his re-election prospects collapse: report
According to a report focusing on Donald Trump's rally at Mt. Rushmore on the evening before the 4th of July, advisors to the president ate attempting to get him to start focusing on bread and butter issues that will get him re-elected instead of harping on statues being pulled down by protesters across the country.
As the Daily Beast report illustrates, their efforts appear to be futile based upon his Friday night speech.
With the president trying to fire up the crowd by insisting, “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders. They think the American people are weak, and soft, and submissive,” the Beast reported that Trump, "decided to focus heavily Friday evening on protesters and Black Lives Matter activists who want various American monuments, including those honoring Confederate, white-supremacist, and slave-owning figures of history, torn down and destroyed for good. "
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This article first appeared in Salon.