Thursday afternoon, former President George W. Bush gave a speech about the current state of politics in America. The speech hit on dark and somber tones. In it, Bush said:
“We know, deep down, that repression is not the wave of the future. We know that the desire for freedom is not confined to, or owned by, any culture; it is the inborn hope of our humanity. We know that free governments are the only way to ensure that the strong are just and the weak are valued. And we know that when we lose sight of our ideals, it is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with preserving and protecting democracy.”
At Friday's White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about a specific quote from that speech. A reporter asked:
“On the George W. Bush speech, he said at one point 'bigotry seems emboldened, our policies seem more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.' Does President Trump agree with this assessment? And, if so, what does he see as his role in addressing that?”
Sanders did not miss a beat and said bluntly (emphasis added):
“I think if anybody is pushing a lot of fabricated things right now, I think most of that would be coming from the news media, and we would certainly agree with that sentiment.”
And Trump says:
Watch the exchange below.