After canceling and then rescheduling a meeting with The New York Times Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump told its journalists and columnists that alt-right supporters are “not a group I want to energize.”
“I disavow the group,” he told the Times.
Trump: “I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group.” (1/2)— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
Trump: "It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.” (2/2)— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
Trump on alt-right supporters: "It's not a group I want to energize. And if they are energized I want to look into it and find out why."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
“Boy you are really into” this issue, President-elect Trump replied when he was asked again about a conference in Washington, D.C., for the alt-right, a white nationalist movement that was little-known until the presidential race.
At a recent meeting, its founder spoke against Jews and quoted Nazi propaganda. Some attendees were seen giving the Nazi salute.
Trump gets asked again about the alt-right conference. 'Boy you are really into" this issue, Trump replies. Then disavows again.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Will the President-elect condemn Richard Spencer’s alt-right gathering? “I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn,” says Trump.— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
On Bannon:"If I thought he was a racist or alt-right or any of the things, the terms we could use, I wouldn't even think about hiring him."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Trump on Bannon: "I think it's very hard on him. I think he's having a hard time with it. Because it's not him."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
"A lot of people are coming to his defense right now," Trump says of Bannon. Reince voices support too at conference table.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Bannon was executive chairman of Breitbart News, a website seen as a voice of the alt-right.
Executive editor Dean Baquet had asked Trump during an on-the-record session whether the Republican felt like he did things to energize alt-right supporters, according to The New York Times.
Critics have said that Trump has not done enough to denouce or speak out against recent racial incidents across the country. Senate minority leader Harry Reid said earlier this month that Trump’s win “has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America.”