‘It Is a Mistake’: Rick Santorum Blasts Trump for Not Calling Out White Supremacy

Former Sen. Rick Santorum is calling out President Donald Trump for his lack of action in addressing the issue of white supremacy.

CNN anchor John Berman asked Santorum on “New Day” if Trump was being hypocritical by criticizing some Democrats for not calling out “radical Islamic terrorism” but refusing to acknowledge a rise in white supremacy.

Santorum recalled Trump’s condemnation of the past two presidents for not directly addressing Islamic terrorism, and praised him for his direct approach, but voiced that the president should be calling out hate on all sides.

“He has to be consistent,” Santorum said. “When you see people act in ways that are hate-motivated, you need to call it out no matter what it is and tell the truth.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

When Berman asked Santorum if Trump’s lack of condemnation to white supremacy was a mistake, the former senator did not hesitate.

“I think it is a mistake,” he answered. Santorum raised the point that the president frequently vocalizes himself in an outspoken manner, and recommended Trump take a stronger approach on this issue.

“He says things that are politically unpopular, he says things that are politically incorrect, and I think he needs to do that with respect to folks, you know, particularly in this movement of white supremacists,” Santorum added.

Berman then asked a follow-up question regarding Trump’s hesitation in calling out white nationalism.

Santorum rebutted that he believed the president took action on addressing white supremacy, but just not enough:

“He did. Does he do it to the extent and vigor that I think he should? No. But he does do it, he just doesn’t do it in a way that he would when it came to other areas of hate.”

The former senator went on to explain that he thinks Trump’s lack of action stems from an “internal psychological issue” where the president doesn’t want to “concede to the bullies” into speaking out on white supremacy.

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