Trump Was Just Asked About White Nationalism and His Response Will Disgust You

Donald Trump opened his veto-signing ceremony with a statement on the horrific terror attacks at New Zealand mosques. He spoke this afternoon with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and said in the Oval Office today, “Our hearts are with them.”

After he vetoed the resolution blocking his national emergency, ABC News’ Terry Moran asked the president, “Do you see white nationalism as a rising threat around the world?”

“I don’t, really,” Trump responded. “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 a 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.”

Trump was also asked about whether he saw the reported manifesto, in which––per the AP––there is one reference to the president: “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.”

“I did not see it,” Trump responded. “But I think it’s a horrible event, it’s a horrible thing.”

At least 49 people were killed in an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand midday Friday. A 28-year-old suspect has been charged with murder in connection with the attack. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shooting as having been carried out by suspects with “extremist views.”

A social media account believed to be linked to the gunman posted a lengthy manifesto expressing anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views shortly before the attack. The individual also wrote that he supported Trump “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” but not as a “policy maker and leader.”

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