President Donald Trump and his chief strategist Steve Bannon are “crazy” to blame “racism” on the Black Lives Matter movement for the election defeat of Democratic candidate Doug Jones, according to a video from CNN.
The former Breitbart News chief strategist was in the White House on Thursday to celebrate the defeat of Democrat Doug Jones as a result of the Democratic Party’s strategy to paint him as an anti-Semite and a racist.
“They’re crazy,” Bannon said of the Black lives matter movement.
“There’s no question in my mind.
You look at the people that were here, they were not voting for a bigot.
They were voting for an American first, they weren’t voting for any racist or a bigot or anything like that.”
CNN also reported that Trump “tweeted a picture of himself with two men who he described as his ‘black friends’ while at the White Street Golf Club in Trump Tower, where he was attending a fundraiser.”
The image was later taken down by the White Sox.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Bannon and Trump shared a personal dislike for the Black people they were seen with at the golf course.
A statement from the White Senate, a White House committee that advises the president, read in part: “We were disappointed to learn that President Trump had tweeted a picture that contained two individuals he had met at a golf course in New York.
In light of this, we immediately asked the WhiteHouse.gov account to remove the image from their account.
We have no further comment.”
The White house said it is reviewing the tweet.
The president also called on CNN’s Don Lemon to retract his comments that Bannon is “a racist.”
“Don, I don’t know what you think about it,” Trump said during an interview with Lemon on Thursday night.
“I mean, he’s a racist.”
Lemon did not say if he disagreed with the president’s assertion, but he also said the two were in a “political moment.”
“The president said he wants to talk about what we should be talking about, and that’s race.
You know what I mean?
I think it’s totally ridiculous,” Lemon said.
“It’s just the way it is.”
The former president also blamed the “racist” press for the “disappointing” result in the race for the Senate race in Alabama.
“You have to understand, I was not expecting to win,” he said, adding, “You’re not gonna believe what happened to me and that was a very bad night for me.
I have a lot of bad feelings about the press, because I had a lot to do with that.”
He said he “really, really didn’t think we’d lose, and I’m very disappointed in myself for not being a more effective candidate.”
Bannon, meanwhile, tweeted: “The White House is very disappointed and upset.
There is no way we can ignore the result of this election.
The Black Lives Matters movement will continue to work to transform America and ensure our nation can be the best place in the world for all people.
We will continue our work to make sure our country is the most inclusive in the history of the world.”