During an interview on “Face the Nation,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan that he believes white nationalism is on the rise and that President Donald Trump’s language is continuing to incite it.
When asked about Trump’s belief that white nationalism is not a rising threat, Kaine noted that “it is on the rise, and the president should call it out, but sadly, he’s not doing that.”
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Sen. @timkaine: white nationalism is “on the rise and the president should call it out but sadly he's not doing that,” adding that “the president is using language that emboldens them” pic.twitter.com/LK1ejLCoik
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) March 17, 2019
“We saw in the aftermath of the horrible attack in Charlottesville that he tried to say that the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates there were just, you know good people,” he continued.
The senator continued by citing the targeted attacks on religious communities and immigrants.
“But when you see church shootings in Charleston, a synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, you see this hate-filled manifesto of the shooter in New Zealand who is murdering Muslims, we have to confront the fact that there’s a rise in white supremacy, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim attitudes,” Kaine said.
“The president uses language often that’s very similar to language used by these bigots and racists, and if he’s not going to call it out, then other leaders have to do more to call it out, and I certainly will,” he added.
Brennan then asked Kaine why white nationalism is rising, referencing how Trump dismissed white nationalism as “not really” a threat but rather a small group of people with very serious problems.
“Well, they have problems, but I think the president’s using language that emboldens them,” Kaine said of the white nationalists. “He’s not creating them, they’re out there.”