Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway allowed that a man who screamed “Jew-S-A” at a Saturday rally in Phoenix, Arizona was “deplorable.”
Interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Conway condemned the man, identified by the Washington Post as George Lindell, who sported a “Hillary for prison” shirt and screamed “You’re going down! You’re the enemy!” at reporters in the press pen.
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“His conduct is completely unacceptable and does not reflect our campaign or our candidate,” Conway told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“That man’s conduct was deplorable, and had I been there, I would have asked security to remove him immediately. Clearly, he doesn’t speak for the campaign or the candidate, and what he had to say was disgusting,” she added.
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The word “deplorable” recalled Hillary Clinton’s claim that some of Trump’s supporters were racists, misogynists, and xenophobes who belonged in a “basket of deplorables.”
Conway insisted that most fans of the Republican nominee were “USA-loving Americans.”
Tapper pushed back, arguing that Trump had done little to tamp down the aggressive, bigoted behavior of some of his backers.
“He has refused to condemn in a very serious way his racist and anti-Semitic fans,” Tapper said, arguing that Conway and Trump’s running mate Mike Pence have taken a more forceful approach.
“He has never seriously said, ‘I don’t want the support of those people. They are reprehensible. They have nothing to do with me,’” the CNN host added.
“Yes, he has. He has done that,” Conway insisted, urging Tapper not to “besmirch the good name of the tens of thousands, the millions of Trump supporters.”