I felt it was important to transcribe President Trump’s exact words in which he dismisses the problem of “white nationalism” and suggests it’s unclear whether the Christchurch gunman is even part of the white nationalist or supremacist movement.
REPORTER: “Do you see today white nationalism as a rising threat around the world?”
TRUMP: “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. I guess if you look at what happened in New Zealand perhaps that’s the case. I don’t know enough about it yet. They’re just learning about the person and the people involved. But it’s certainly a terrible thing, a terrible thing.”
Video of this exchange after the jump.
Asked about global threat of "white nationalism", Trump dismisses it, saying it's a "small group of people."
Says it's not clear yet whether New Zealand gunman was part of white supremacist world. pic.twitter.com/cWl9FbPNnB
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 15, 2019