CNN's Anderson Cooper and guest Paris Dennard, a former George W. Bush staffer, got into a heated exchange Tuesday night when Dennard suggested that the neo-Nazis at Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally were just "a few bad apples."
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“Today he’s saying that the people who were rallying around the Robert E. Lee statue on Friday night, with tiki torches of all things, chanting ‘Jews will not replace us’ and ‘blood and soil,’ calling the small group of counterprotesters who were there, calling them faggots — how do you defend that?” Asked Cooper.
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“There were people on the other side chanting ‘Black Lives Matter,'” Dennard responded in an attempt to echo Trump's sentiment that both sides were to blame for the violence.
Cooper quickly jumped in, “What you’re saying literally makes no sense. I’m not characterizing the Black Lives Matter people as neo-Nazis — there was a small group of them, of mostly UVA students and their supporters, around the statue when the neo-Nazis arrived. It’s the people with tiki torches that the president is talking about as just being quiet, good people there just to protest the [removal of the] statue. They’re freaking chanting ‘Jews will not replace us’ on the streets of America.”
Watch the full exchange: