Khizr Khan Says Downplaying White Nationalism ‘Nothing New’ for Trump: He’ll ‘Exploit Anything to Benefit Himself’
Speaking on MSNBC on Saturday, Gold Star father Khizr Khan said President Donald Trump downplaying white supremacy is “nothing new.”
Khan was responding to Trump claiming that white nationalism represents a “a small group of people” following the New Zealand terrorist attack.
“This is nothing new,” Khan said. “This is political expediency. He is known for that. He will exploit anything to benefit himself. He’s talking on behalf of his base. This is what this terrorist in New Zealand wrote in his manifesto. He says Trump is the symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
Rabbi Chuck Diamond, a former rabbi at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh was also on the panel. He noted that Trump’s words matter.
“His words matter,” Diamond said.
Then, pressing the fact Trump said after the New Zealand attack he didn’t yet know enough about the situation yet, the rabbi added: “You know enough to tell that it’s wrong. This is wrong. The killing of people in New Zealand is wrong. White supremacy is wrong. It’s not a matter of good people on both sides. And I think the rhetoric, the statements have to be stronger from our leaders.”
Watch above, via MSNBC