White House landlord Kellyanne Conway of the White House defended President Trump on Wednesday because he demanded a black reporter to his self-proclaimed nationalism & racism & # 39; had argued, arguing that & # 39; there is a difference between nationalism and white nationalism.
Conway spoke on "PBS NewsHour", Wednesday night, hours after a Trump had held a long and militant post-mid-term press conference in which Yamiche Alcindor, the White House's correspondent, asked the president about critics who said he was word "nationalistic" is to encourage white nationalists.
"I believe that what he said to your colleague Yamiche is that the implication of racism in the word" nationalist "is very unfortunate because there is a difference between nationalism and white nationalism," Conway said. against PBS NewsHour & # 39 ;, anchor Judy Woodruff.
She suggested that it was unfair to ask the president about his use of the term.
"I find it horrible to always sit in this poisonous stew of racism and sexism and misogyny and xenophobia, and it's a lot on our shoulders because it's not fair," said Conway.
Trump embraced the word "nationalistic & # 39; during his last few weeks on the campaign path in the middle of the time and stated last month to a crowd in Houston: & # 39; Do you know what I am? I am a nationalist. "
The term is generally associated with nationalist movements in Europe and elsewhere that have promoted a narrowly defined national identity related to race and ethnicity.
Trump acknowledged at the meeting in Houston that "we can not use this word", in a clear nod to the problematic connotations. But the next day, during an exchange with reporters at the Oval Office, he said, "I think it should be brought back." He also denied that it was meant as a dog whistle to white supremacists.
"No, I've never heard that theory about being a nationalist," Trump said at that moment. "I've heard them all, but I'm someone who loves our country."
Asked about twofold criticism of Trump's embarrassment, Conway once again suggested Wednesday that it was wrong to raise questions about the problem.
"I think questions with racist implications, though – maybe that's a better way to say it than how it was said, but – the implications are heavy," she said on "PBS NewsHour."