CNN anchor Jake Tapper and White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway got into a heated discussion in the wake of Saturday's deadly shooting in a San Diego synagogue over whether U.S. President Donald Trump's response to the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was "perfect."
Trump defended his controversial 2017 comments that there was blame on "both sides" of the deadly white supremacist rally, telling reporters on Friday that he handled his response "perfectly."
“Was President Trump’s response on Charlottesville perfect?” Tapper asked. “Yes or no.”
“I think it was twisted, because intent matters,” Conway droned.
“Was his response perfect?” Tapper pushed. “It’s a very simple question.”
“It’s not a simple question,” Conway shot back. “President Trump condemned evil violence and then took it many steps further and called out neo-Nazis, white supremacists, KKK.”
“Was his response perfect?” Tapper asked again.
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“It is darn near perfection,” Conway argued. “When you’re calling out KKK, neo-Nazis and you’re saying, there are people there who hadn’t signed up for that.”
“You know President Trump left ambiguity [in his statement],” Tapper said.
“It looks like you and others are looking at 2020 and decided this guy can’t be beaten fairly,” Conway charged.
“That’s beneath you,” Tapper shot back.