CNN contributor Salena Zito defends Trump’s refusal to denounce QAnon

CNN contributor Salena Zito apologized for President Donald Trump’s refusal to disavow the messy and dangerous conspiracy theory QAnon during his mayoralty on NBC, saying Friday morning that Trump was only “answering the question in the way that ‘he thinks voters see this type of question.’

During his combative and largely disastrous forum Thursday night, the president – who has repeatedly amplified QAnon on Twitter – was urged by moderator Savannah Guthrie to denounce QAnon, asking if he would declare “once and for all” that the plot claiming so Democrats run a satanic pedophile cabal, that’s wrong.

“I don’t know anything about it. I know they are very against pedophilia, they fight it very hard,” Trump asserted, prompting Guthrie to point out that the followers of QAnon “believe in a satanic cult led by the Deep state ”.

“I’ll tell you what I know, I’ll tell you about the antifa,” the president hijacked.

During a CNN roundtable on Friday morning on the president’s town hall, CNN presenter Jim Sciutto referred to the exchange on QAnon, asking Zito why it was not a “simple answer” for Trump to disavow the baseless claims, especially when he tries to “win over skeptical undecided voters.”

Zito, whose Trump columns on voters brought fame in the last election, attempted to explain the president’s response by framing it through the lens of the salt of the earth voters. the Washington Examiner The political reporter is known for her dispatches from the Trump country in which she speaks to ordinary people at gas stations, reports that have been criticized on charges of plagiarism, misrepresentation and fabulism.

“I think the president answers the question the way he thinks voters see this type of question,” she noted. “I don’t know if it’s right or wrong, I just think it’s his instinct.”

“So what he says is, ‘You know, I don’t know everything about them, okay, and I don’t know that part about them, but I know a little bit about them. ‘, and by talking to indecisive voters watching it, they tend to be more interested, fair or unfair, in things that have an impact on their lives rather than things that tend to live from their perspective on the Internet and not really in their life, ”Zito added.

Sciutto quickly objected, pointing out that QAnon “is a conspiracy theory that Democrats run a child sex ring” and is “patently bogus”, insisting that it is not easy for Trump to just denounce theory without foundation.

“Of course. It should be very easy,” she replied. “He hasn’t always done things the way we as journalists expect him to be, and we as journalists. , want to see a clear answer, even about something that people don’t know what it means, let alone how to even say it.

“And yes, that should be easy to say, no, it’s… I don’t support that and I condemn it,” Zito concluded. “It’s clear in plain terms in the way he spoke out against white supremacy last night, and he should have been able to do that with that too.

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