Trump Adviser: 'Preposterous' for Media to Keep Asking Trump to Repeat His Denunciation of Racists

By Susan Jones | November 23, 2016 | 6:45am EST
President-elect Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he leaves the New York Times building following a meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

( - In a somewhat heated exchange with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday, Trump adviser and Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer called it "preposterous" that Trump is still being asked to denounce the racist groups that support him, when he's done so repeatedly.

"If he goes out and gives a speech, then should he write it in the sky with an airplane? I mean, at what point is it enough? I don't know, but I think he's been very clear, and it's time to move on."

Spicer spoke hours after a New York Times executive asked President-elect Donald Trump if he thinks he has done something to energize the so-called alt-right.

"I don't want to energize the group, and I disavow the group," Trump was quoted as telling The New York Times on Tuesday. "It's not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why."

"When is it going to be enough?" Spicer asked Blitzer later in the day. He noted that Trump has condemned every racist group that has expressed support for him.

"At some point, you've got to take his position and move on. But over and over again, somebody will come out and say, 'I support Donald Trump'; he has to denounce them. Someone tweets -- he has to refute the tweet. At what point is his position clear?" Spicer asked.

"He has said that he refutes that; that's not the kind of movement that he wants to support or be energized by him; that's not the kind of people that he wants to be associated with him. So I don't know how many more times Donald Trump can make his position clear.

"But it has been crystal clear for a long time, and over and over and over again, with every tweet, utterance, you know, you name it, Facebook post -- he has to somehow respond to it. He has made his position clear. It's time that we accept that position and move on, because that's not his focus."

But Blitzer persisted, noting that neo-Nazis who met at a federal building in Washington, D.C., over the weekend were hailing Trump. "Why do you think they still support him?" Blitzer asked.

"I don't know!" Spicer said. "That's really not my focus, figuring out why certain groups support him! He won the election with tens of millions of people. I haven't sat down and figured out why certain groups supported him or didn't. He won the election. His focus is on making the country better. But at some point, take his word as what it is!

"But to continue to ask him over and over again to denounce the same people, the same words, the same groups, over and over again is getting a bit preposterous. His uniting this country, moving us forward, creating jobs. I don't know how many tomes he can talk about that..."

Blitzer again pressed Spicer, noting that Trump is "very tough in response to questions, but he doesn't do it necessarily on his own initiative." Blitzer noted that Trump tweets when he's outraged, "but he doesn't seem to go out of his way to express his outrage over people hailing him with Nazi salutes."  Blitzer asked why Trump doesn't do something more dramatic, "to make it clear he wants no part of these people."

"Because I think it's asked and answered, Wolf," Spicer responded. "You have asked me eight times, the same question; I've told you what his position is, that's -- because that's not his focus. His focus is making this country better for all Americans, creating a better country, creating a better education system for all Americans, rebuilding our inner cities. That's what his focus is.

"So, I get that you guys all want to ask the same question over and over again and make him denounce it eight ways to Sunday, but it's not what he wants to talk about.

"He's focused on making this country better, on lifting people up, and again -- you're right, it's the news media, over and over and over again, asking the same question. But I don't know how many times he has to answer that question.

"And you sit, figuring out the way and the fashion that he should do it next. If he goes out and gives a speech, then should he write it in the sky with an airplane? I mean, at what point is it enough? I don't know, but I think he's been very clear, and it's time to move on.

Blitzer said he thinks the American people would "like to see a formal statement."

"No they wouldn't!" Spicer interrupted.

But Blitzer forged on, noting that Trump did a video explaining what he wants to do on day one, so "why not simply do another YouTube video like that," and directly address the Neo-Nazis and say he doesn't want they're support, he hates what they're doing, and "end it once and for all."

"Because I think Donald Trump has done a pretty good job of communicating an effective message to the American people and while I respect and appreciate your ideas of what we should do, I think Donald Trump has done a phenomenal job on his own of figuring out how to effectively communicate what the American people really want right now."

'Heil Trump'

The liberal advocacy group is now fund-raising on Trump's non-existent association with white supremacists.

In an email titled "Heil Trump," noted that "hundreds of white supremacists energized by Donald Trump's victory gathered in Washington, D.C." last weekend, spewing 'unimaginable" hatred.

"The keynote speaker questioned whether Jews are human and lamented that America is no longer a 'white country,' while members of the audience gave the Nazi salute.

They called for a 50-year moratorium on 'non-European immigration.' They called Islam a 'disease.'  And they chanted 'heil Trump.'

"These are the people that Trump has brought out of the shadows..."

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