WH's Mercedes Schlapp: Trump Is Not A Racist, He "Stands With The People Who Support Him"

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Mercedes Schlapp, a Trump campaign aide, defends the president on 'This Week' with host George Stephanopoulos.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's get a response now from the Trump campaign. Mercedes Schlapp, senior adviser, joins us now. And Mercedes, thank you for joining us this morning. I want to get you to respond to Congressman Cummings. He says President Trump is racist.
 
MERCEDES SCHLAPP, TRUMP 2020 CAMPAIGN SENIOR ADVISER: Look, I have worked with President Trump for two years and he is not a racist. He's a compassionate man whose policies have focused on the minority community. I mean, you look at the fact that the president has pushed and implementing the opportunity zones that helps low-income distressed communities across the country, including Baltimore.
 
You look at the fact that the unemployment numbers for African-American is at its lowest, for Hispanics at its lowest. I mean, he is a results-oriented president who is focused on uplifting all Americans, including blacks, including Hispanics. And I have to say I been with him in the room with all these -- with all these different communities and he does stay focused on ensuring that we're implementing the right policies for all Americans.
 
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mercedes, we saw him in that room in North Carolina this week, 13 seconds as the crowd chanted "send her back." And you actually retweeted a tweet from Ben Shapiro, which said those chants are disgusting. So, it seems like you are at odds with the president. You had a different reaction to that chant.
 
SCHLAPP: Not at all, the president disavowed the chant. The president made it clear that he wasn't happy with the chant. And he disagreed with it.
 
STEPHANOPOULOS: Hold on a second -- let me stop you there, where did the president make it clear he wasn't happy with the chant in that moment? I'm going to roll it again...
 
SCHLAPP: He made it clear with the press conference that he had the day afterwards.
 
STEPHANOPOULOS: 13 seconds.
 
The next day he said he wasn't happy with it. He didn't show it in the moment. And this morning...
 
SCHLAPP: I mean, you all can make that analysis. And I'm sure you have been to a Trump rally. There's a lot of emotion. There's a lot going on. He continued with his speech. He made it very clear the next day he was not happy with the chat.
 
But what I'm unhappy about are the chants of the Squad, the chants of anti-American, anti-Semitic chants that they push forward. The fact that when you look at...
 
STEPHANOPOULOS: Does that justify saying send her back?
 
SCHLAPP: Democrat leadership and the fact that many of these Democrats are concerned, even Congressman Cummings said that he's concerned with their race -- just calling freely people racist, calling people -- making anti-Semitic remarks, being that a distraction.
 
Many of these Democrats are concerned that the Squad is now the new Democrat leadership. I mean, even for them the Squad to imply that Nancy Pelosi was a racist, that even the president came out and said that was disrespectful.
 
So, they have to be very careful when they're painting half of America as being racist, that is very problematic. We can not use that term very loosely.



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