Trump adviser says Obama ‘lost his mind’ in ‘fake news’ tweet
President Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News on Tuesday that President Barack Obama “lost his mental faculties” when he tweeted a doctored video of himself punching a protester.
“The president’s lost his mind,” Conway said of Trump’s reaction to the video that showed the president slamming a protester and throwing him to the ground.
“This is fake news.
It’s a video.
He doesn’t have his mental competency to do this.”
The White House has since fired back, saying that the video was shot in 2016.
“It is a fact that Mr. Trump has been recorded on numerous occasions punching protesters in the face, and in fact the video released today does not even exist,” press secretary Sean Spicer said.
“The President has never claimed that the protester was trying to grab the President’s face.
In fact, the video exists and he was not physically attacked by the protester.””
Mr. Trump was trying, as the video shows, to get the protester off the ground,” Spicer added.
“As President, Mr. Obama will not tolerate physical violence of any kind.”
Trump’s initial tweet on Tuesday, calling the protester “a thug” and a “thug” who had “been beaten badly,” prompted immediate backlash, with critics calling it an assault on civil rights.
Trump’s administration has since claimed that he did not mean to insult the protester.
A White House spokesperson, Sean Spicer, told Fox Business Network on Tuesday afternoon that the president’s comments were taken out of context.
“You know, there are a lot of people who were in the crowd,” Spicer said of the protesters.
“I don’t know if the President meant to do that.
It was not his intent.
And that’s what we were trying to explain to the people in the audience.””
He didn’t mean to be violent.
That’s what the president meant,” Spicer continued.
“That’s what he meant.”
Trump has previously claimed that “thugs” are responsible for violence in the U.S., saying that protesters were “bad people” who were causing problems for him and the country.
“In fact, there was a protester yesterday, and it was one of the people who was there, who was very violent, very nasty, very vicious,” Trump told reporters on Monday.
“And he was a bad person.
And we had to do something about it.”
He continued, “And that protester was a thug, and that was a terrible thing to see.
We had to deal with it, because we’re dealing with thugs all over this country, folks.
And when you see them, when you have a crowd, they’re bad people.”
Earlier Tuesday, Spicer had again defended Trump’s use of the phrase “thuggish protesters.”
“I’m not defending the President,” Spicer told Fox.
“He made a statement.
He said it.
We all heard it.
It wasn’t meant to be an attack.
It just wasn’t.”