CNN Journalist Slams Trump Over David Duke Praise, Forgets Duke Also Endorsed Keith Ellison

President Donald Trump’s remarks following Saturday’s clash — between a planned “Unite the Right” march and counter-protesters whose ranks included Antifa — left some questioning whether he had been harsh enough on the white supremacist organizers of the march.

Some critics even claimed that the president had stopped just short of outright endorsing the marchers.

When former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke spoke out, cheering the president’s remarks, CNN’s Chris Cillizza called him out:


Positing that Trump’s response to Charlottesville, Virginia, amounted to “moral failure,” Cillizza wrote:

Take Trump’s attempt to make a slippery slope argument about the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville.

“So this week it’s Robert E. Lee,” he said. “I noticed that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you all — you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”

Equating the first president of the United States with a Confederate general who led a rebellion against his country is, um, not intellectually honest. (Trump knows that.)

Know who liked Trump’s relativism on Robert E. Lee? None other than Duke, perhaps the most high-profile white supremacist in the country. “Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa,” Duke tweeted, with a link to a clip in which Trump made the Robert E. Lee – George Washington comparison.

When David Duke is praising you, it might be time to re-examine what you’re doing with your life.

But Cillizza apparently forgot that Duke has endorsed or praised a number of people that he has failed to challenge in the same manner: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), for example, who currently assists DNC Chairman Tom Perez as co-chair:



Cillizza made no such public plea to Ellison. In fact, a quick Twitter search reveals that he only tweeted about the “outspoken liberal” once — and then only because Perez’s wild speeches were starting to make Ellison appear tame by comparison:


And a few others pointed out that if endorsement is reason enough for condemnation:



And there’s always one guy who straight up tells it like it is: