Aug 20, 2017

No Sunday show defense from Trump administration

Jerry Falwell Jr. was offered instead to defend Trump

Not a single Trump administration official appeared on today's Sunday shows to defend the president.I'm told the White House made no serious efforts to convince officials to go on, knowing the hosts of the shows would pressure the guests relentlessly on the president's response to the racist carnage in Charlottesville.

The White House judged it was better to have nobody out there than risk providing fuel for another 24-hour negative news cycle on Charlottesville.

  • Flashback: Rudy Giuliani was the only guy prepared to defend Trump on the Sunday shows after the Access Hollywood tape leaked. Today's dynamics, post-Charlottesville, were no different.
  • Unapologetic Trump defender Jerry Falwell Jr. was suggested by the White House to ABC's "This Week." Falwell Jr. on Trump saying there were "very fine people" on both sides: "He has inside information that I don't have. I don't know if there were historical purists there who were trying to preserve some statues."

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