Donald Trump spoke with New York Times reporters on Tuesday, and while some are feeling a slight sense of relief over the fact that Trump backpedaled from some of his most extreme proclamations — like his support of torture, his denial of Global Warming — his meager disavowial of the racist, anti-semitic movement dubbed the "alt-right" is troubling.
"I don't want to energize the group, and I disavow the group," was all he would say, adding, "If they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why."
Shortly after Trump's meet-and-greet with the Times, CNN commentator Angela Rye and Carl Higbie, the Trump surrogate who actually brought up Japanese internment camps as precedent for a Muslim registry, got in a heated exchange as Rye wondered what happened to the Twitter fingers that Trump has no problem deploying to "firmy disavow" the New York Times, Saturday Night Live and Hamilton.
For Angela Rye, this condemnation was not nearly enough. "We've watched Donald Trump denounce people, we've watched him denounce groups," Rye began. "But yet he can't fit it in his heart, he can't find the gall to denouce white supremacist groups...The reality of it is he continues to lack the ability, the courage to stand up to white nationalism, white supremacy, and racism in this country."
She continued, "This is man who has a demonstrated problem with disavowing racism, with denouncing, and he's in fact embraced. It is time for the president-elect to turn the corner, turn the page and do something different."
The debate continues, and the heat rises as Rye and Higbie go on to discuss the history of the Republican parties, the history of Donald Trump, and even slavery reparations.
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Pressure continues to rise for both Trump, and those within the media for normalizing the disturbing rise of racism and hate crimes across the United States since Trump's election.
It will be up to people like Ms, Rye to use their platform to continue to speak out against the racism that exists within Trump's cabinet, and the hate the exists within the ranks of his supporters.
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