Vice President Mike Pence defended President Donald Trump’s “many sides” statement regarding the murder of an innocent counter-protester, Heather Heyer, at a white supremacist rally on Aug. 12.
Trump blamed “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence” on “many sides,” even though Heyer was reportedly killed by a white nationalist.
Trump was condemned by Republicans and Democrats for not denouncing the white supremacists.
NBC News’ Peter Alexander asked Pence: “He said, ‘On many sides.’ Name those sides. What are those sides?”
Pence ignored the question, and said: “Well, look, as I said today, we condemn in the strongest terms the hate and violence advocated by groups like white supremacists and neo-Nazis and their ilk.”
Alexander asked Pence a second time: “But that’s one side, what’s the other side when he says ‘on many sides?'”
Pence ignored the question again, and talked about violence of against police officers over past years.
Alexander asked a third time: “With respect, only one group [on Saturday] killed an American.”
Pence dodged the question a third time, and said: “And we’re bringing the full weight of the federal government to bare on investigating and and prosecuting that individual for that heinous act that took the life of that innocent woman.”
Pence tried to blame to blame the media, but Alexander told him about statements critical of Trump by Republican Sens. Orrin hatch of Utah and Cory Gardner on Colorado, which Pence dismissed and blamed the media again.
(Source: NBC News via YouTube)