A Republican analyst wiped tears from his eyes as he said President Trump “betrayed" the country, speaking Wednesday morning on “Fox & Friends,” a show known to be among Trump's favorites.
Gianno Caldwell, appearing with political commentator Wendy Osefo, said he could not sleep because of Trump’s comments at a press conference Tuesday. The president reaffirmed that he believes “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, again refusing to put all the blame on the white supremacists who organized the rally.
ADVERTISEMENT“Our president has literally betrayed the conscience of our country,” he said. “He has failed us.”
Caldwell said it is “very troubling” for anyone to come on TV and defend the president’s actions and said that anyone who does defend his actions is “morally bankrupt.”
He responded to Trump’s comment that there are “good people” who were marching on “both sides” of the Charlottesville rally.
“Mr. President, good people don’t pal around with Nazis and white supremacists,” he said. “Maybe they don’t consider themselves white supremacists and Nazis; certainly they hold those views.”
“I hope the president learns a lesson from his press conference on yesterday. It’s disturbing,” he said.
Host Abby Huntsman tried to steer the conversation to the topic of removing Confederate statues, but Caldwell returned to Trump.
He added that he reached out to the White House suggesting the president address the country in “distinct terms.”