MSNBC’s Katy Tur said Donald Trump never, ever condemned white supremacist groups during his campaign and that she should know, because she was there “every step of the way.” Of course, he did so and strongly, but Tur’s anti-Trump confidence clouded her biased memory.
So confident was she, Tur rolled her eyes while telling Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH):
“Respectfully Congressman, I was there every step of the way during the campaign and it took him awhile to condemn hate groups. It took him a while to condemn David Duke. He didn’t do that initially. He never said to white nationalists explicitly — and if he did, I can't remember it off the top of my head. But I don’t think he did. He never said: ‘I don’t want your support.’”
“He did,” Turner replied.
“I don’t think he did,” Tur doubled down. “I was there every day.”
Tur argued with the congressman who was trying to tell her Trump did, in fact, condemn the KKK. But she was miffed he didn't let her finish her "thought." (She obviously forgot she is a reporter, not a pundit. Oops!)
Tur continuously stressed that Turner was wrong and that she was there. But apparently not on March 3, 2016, when Trump said at the GOP primary debate, “I totally disavow the Ku Klux Klan. I totally disavow David Duke. I've been doing it, now, for two weeks. This is — you’re probably about the 18th person that's asked me the question.”
Newsbusters pointed other times Trump strongly condemned hate groups during the campaign:
Another instance of Trump denouncing the KKK was documented by CNN in an article titled: “Trump denounces David Duke, KKK.” The first sentence in the article explained how “Donald Trump issued a crystal clear disavowal Thursday of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke after stumbling last weekend over a question about the hate group leader on CNN.”
And just a few days before Election Day, Trump denounced the support he received from a newspaper associated with the KKK. As the LA Times wrote on November 1: “Donald Trump's campaign Tuesday night said that he ‘denounces hate in any form’ and disavowed support for his candidacy offered by a newspaper associated with the Ku Klux Klan.”
“This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign,” a campaign statement to the press said.
Trump also disavowed the alt-right after the election, telling The New York Times, “I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group… It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”
Yet, here is Tur, lying about the facts — facts she’s supposed to keep straight as a journalist. Ah, but there’s that word again: journalist. We don’t think it means what she thinks it means.