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Richard Spencer On CNN: Trump’s Tweets Weren’t Racist Enough

White supremacist Richard Spencer said on CNN on Tuesday that he didn’t think President Trump’s racist tweets went far enough.

CNN reporter Sara Sidner interviewed Spencer for “The Lead with Jake Tapper” for a segment about white nationalists’ reactions to Trump’s statements telling Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to their ancestral countries.

Spencer, who has advocated for “peaceful ethnic cleansing,” used the platform to explain that he was in fact not happy with the tweets, saying Trump was playing a “con game” and won’t actually practice the white nationalism he’s preaching.

“He gives us nothing outside of racist tweets,” he said. “And by racist tweets, I mean tweets that are meaningless and cheap and express the kind of sentiments you might hear from your drunk uncle while he’s watching [Sean] Hannity.”

Joanna Mendelson, an investigative reporter at the Anti-Defamation League, was also interviewed, arguing that Trump’s tweets normalize hate.

Some online observers were critical of CNN giving Spencer a platform at all. Tapper stepped in on Twitter to defend his colleague.

Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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