Trump “Apologizes” For Retweeting British Extremists

Politico reports:

U.S. President Donald Trump apologized for retweeting the ultra-nationalist far-right group Britain First, saying in a TV interview he knew “nothing” about the organization at the time.

“If you’re telling me they are horrible racist people, I will certainly apologize if you’d like me to do that,” Trump told ITV Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan. “I know nothing about these people.”

Trump’s three retweets of Britain First material caused a diplomatic incident last November, forcing British Prime Minister Theresa May to publicly criticize his actions. The president then took to Twitter to attack her back. But speaking to Morgan on Thursday, Trump denied he had been promoting Britain First as an organization.

“I don’t know who they are, I know nothing about them, so I wouldn’t be doing that,” he said. “I am the least racist person that anyone is going to meet. Certainly I wasn’t endorsing anybody … It was done because I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror. It was a big story where you are — but it was not where I am. So you’re telling me something.”

  • PickyPecker
  • Karl Dubhe 2

    So, the Brit doesn’t understand the meaning of the conditional tense?

    He said I would apologize, not I do apologize.

    Maybe Piers should apologize to the person who tried to teach him English.

    • Tawreos

      You can’t worry about minor things like tense and grammar when you are trying to spin things to make a friend of yours look good.

  • Tawreos

    He didn’t apologize. Morgan can try to twist it, but saying you will do something is not the same as having done it.

    • David Walker

      And “I’ll apologize if you’d like me to do that” is, of course, reprehensible, callow, contemptible, unfeeling, despicable, and utter pig shit. I apologize for my government. And I mean it.

  • greenmanTN

    ALL the best apologies are done grudgingly and only if you insist on them!

    (Not that he apologized. He didn’t.)

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Economic growth was much slower than trumps goals. Look at how the NYT spins it.

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/956889902574120961

    • Leo

      I have to say I’m loving this intense accountability that seems to be new that about 30-40 ppl on Blue Check Twitter are holding the NYT too. About damn time someone does it.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        BTW trump promised 3.7% growth. The Times’ used of the word “resilience” is pretty remarkable

        • Butch

          I’ve stopped clicking on links to the Times. Too much of the reporting there has become nonsense.

        • clay

          Trump’s tax cuts require 4.1% growth just to break even (IF they were being accurate and honest with the loopholes).

    • It Takes a Village, People

      NYT is the voice of the plutocracy. Rockefeller Republicans. Just because they publish same sex wedding announcements doesn’t make than champions of the working person. They are loyal to the companies that pay for the full page ads.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    “if you’d like me to do that”

    People who are really sorry do it because they want to apologize.

    • Reality.Bites

      And don’t wait months. The apology needed to come the same day and be without reservation.

      • DN

        If he was actually sorry, he would’ve set up a team to get his retreats before they go out. He obviously hasn’t (and let’s be honest – he never would).

    • Stogiebear

      Exactly. Donnie Shitgibbon is perfectly happy to repeat any (simple) string of words that you want to hear and in his next breath he will disavow having said what you wanted to hear.

      • David Walker

        “I am the least racist person that anyone is going to meet.”
        “It was done because I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror.”
        “I know nothing about these people.”
        You’re right. I do think I’ve heard these before. Topic arises. Search files. Find response that will explain it away. Say it. All’s well.

    • SFBruce

      And demonstrate actual awareness that they fucked up.

  • skyweaver

    “If you’re telling me they are horrible racist people, I will certainly apologize if you’d like me to do that,” THIS IS NOT AN APOLOGY

    • crewman

      Apologize because you recognize why it was wrong and offensive and you feel remorseful and embarrassed for doing it. Don’t do it because “you want me to apologize”.

      • Bj Lincoln

        Exactly

      • SFBruce

        Kind of negates the whole spirit of what an apology should be, doesn’t it?

        • David Walker

          Just as he negates the whole spirit of what a president should be.

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    • Buford

      Morning Joe did a good job of showing, side-by-side, that this response was effectively verbatim to his delayed response to David Duke’s endorsement.

    • FAEN

      Sociopath has no idea how to apologize.

    • Todd20036

      And I’d like to add: Hey Morgan, you fucking suck up, YOU DIDN’T GET THE PRESIDEN TTO APOLOGIZE TO ANYTHING. You are not a journalist. You are a propaganda machine to the Nazis. Which is hilarious because they’d kill you if more of them knew you liked dick

  • Rex

    “You want me to apologize?, OK, I apologize” is not an apology.
    If it is, I want him to apologize for running for president.

  • Leo
  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN
    • Todd20036

      I am for him visiting the UK… and staying there.

      • Card

        I have British friends–I couldn’t do that to them. If we’re sending him someplace, send him to Putin.

    • ChrisMorley

      Theresa May risks unrest by paving way for Donald Trump visit

      – Prime minister orders officials to make plans for visit by the US president later this year after pair meet at Davos

      A senior UK government source said the visit was expected to take place in the second half of this year, after the pair meet again at the Nato summit in Brussels in July.
      A Downing Street source said both the UK and US were planning for a
      working visit. This pushes the prospect of Trump’s state visit ever further into the future, and raises the possibility that it might never happen.
      Either way, the detailed planning that must now get under way will include calculating the scale of the security operation that will be needed. There has been speculation that Trump’s visit will lead to the biggest protests since the anti-war demonstration against the Iraq war in 2003.

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/25/trump-and-may-discuss-uk-visit-later-this-year-davos

      • David Walker

        He does bring out the best in people, doesn’t he? Truly inspirational.

      • SoCalGal20

        If we’re all lucky he’ll be indicted by Mueller by then.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Remember that Peirs was chosen by NBC execs to “win” trump’s failing game show.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Somebody wants to go to Prince Harry’s wedding.

    • Leo

      Already scrapped. Obamas aren’t going either. Too much of a ‘distraction’.

      • Tawreos

        Distraction here has the definition – we didn’t want to piss off the toddler in chief by inviting the Obama’s and pissing off Trump which could cause huge problems between to countries because one is led by a narcissistic asshole.

    • Gustav2

      No ‘heads of state’ except royals are invited.

      • PickyPecker

        It’s for ‘Family.’ (royal and royal extended only)

  • Rex

    Two repugnant men, fuck ’em both.

    • Leo

      Why Piers didn’t get put away in the hacking scandal still boggles my mind. Great lawyer or pay off.

    • David J

      No thanks! I have better taste in men.

    • eddiebeskeddie

      not even with a condom.

  • CanuckDon

    “…if you would like me to do it.” A lifetime spent as a gawdamn bully.

    “Want me to say it? Come on, punk…want me to apologize? Make me…make me apologize. If you would like me to do it, just make me.”

  • Bambino

    A Milli Vanilli of a president require even the basic apology to be instructed. Sad!

  • KaBoomBOX

    My, what an insincere, begrudging apology. A 3 year old apologizes like that.

  • SkokieGuy
    • Halou

      US extremists are “fine people”.

  • safari

    I admittedly nave very little knowledge of Pierce Morgan because my understanding is that he’s a tool, and I have enough tools in my life.

    Now, this said, he’s still a tool.

  • Frostbite

    Lol. That wasn’t an apology. Idiot.

  • Reality.Bites

    I’m Canadian, so I’m without leverage in this matter, but I think all of you Americans need to band together and ban Piers Morgan from returning to your country.

    • Tawreos

      He’s welcome to come back the one we should ban is Trump and his gang of cronies. We would like the jet back though, the next president will need Air Force One.

      • Tomcat

        Keep it, new one being built.

        • Tawreos

          We still own it so we want it back, I am sure Putin will send a jet for them.

          • David Walker

            We need to get the deposit back. That’ll help pay off one of president shithole’s golf jaunts.

    • Tomcat

      He is a dick for sure.

    • DN

      Believe it or not, that has been attempted already. Alex Jones did a petition to deport him for opposing gun rights – it’s what led to the “interview” where Jones went off on him for 12ish minutes virtually uninterrupted.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      Even Americans sometimes wish we could halt someone’s free speech. But alas, no.

    • ChrisMorley

      I’m British and really don’t want this lying phone-hacking fuckweasal back in the UK.

  • Halou

    “I know nothing about these people.”
    “I don’t know who they are, I know nothing about them,”

    It’s not like the White House has a small army of advisers and experts to inform a president of these things. People who prepare a concise dossier on what the country is like, who’s who, what’s what, and how to behave towards them so as not to cause offence.
    Sorry, but this excuse just doesn’t fly. If Trump put even half as much effort into fostering US-UK relations as he does into pandering to the Russians he would know that Nazis are generally looked down upon.

    Also, as far as Islamist extremism is concerned, yes it is something that needs to be dealt with, but the threat is not so severe as to justify becoming a fascist dictatorship. It is sad that Trump is so adamant about this one issue that he is willing to go there, or to demand that another country do it for him.

    • boatboy_srq

      All of that requires Lord Dampnut to listen to the experts and respect their expertise. He doesn’t because he doesn’t (respectively).

    • ClevelandJim

      All the advisors in the world cease to exist when Donnie gets a boner on the shiiter when his thumbs are on the Twitter. Our little 3-year-old in Chief can’t help himself from chasing his 140-character orgasm.

  • Tomcat

    When will reporters ask trump what his plans are for world domination once he dominates the USA?

    • Tomcat

      He sounds more like Hitler everyday.

      • boatboy_srq

        He sounds like Hitler’s demented cousin.

    • Tawreos

      Well we know it won’t be to get sharks with frickin laser beams on their heads.

      • Tomcat

        Sharks just don’t trust sharks. Wonder why?

    • Halou

      “Ask Vladimir, it’s his plan.”

  • DN

    I love how Richard Marx (RICHARD MARX!) won against Piers Morgan

  • Reasonoverhate

    Piers Morgan is spineless!

    • It Takes a Village, People

      That would be why he was chosen by Dear Leader for this interview. You think he’d sit for Diane Sawyer or David Corn?

  • Halou

    “It was a big story where you are — but it was not where I am. So you’re telling me something.”

    Does he mean to say that in all this time he has been shielded from the fallout of his own bad actions, not once learning what went wrong?

    • Tawreos

      Of course he was shielded from the fallout. The people around him try to keep out anything that will conflict with what he already thinks.

      • David Walker

        And, apparently, fox & friends didn’t say anything about it.

    • Rick Jackson

      Not only is he saying it, it appears that is his standard way of functioning. He does not want to know when he makes an error or does something wrong. Besides, it could not possibly be his fault when he does something wrong so shy would he need to be informed. He is the epitome of incompetent and willfully ignorant.

  • Friday

    “Cause he asked,” not because “Retweeting fascist propaganda is a seriously nasty blunder that anyone should be mortified with themselves for doing without anyone having to ask?”

    • Halou

      And it’s not like Britain First is a mainstream movement in the UK. For him to just come across it, either an incredible coincidence, a reflection of his standard searching habits that it was suggested to him, or he/his advisers were actively searching for it.

      • clay

        Dan Scavino and Stephen Miller– I’d look at their browsing history, but wouldn’t open any of those pages.

  • Sam_Handwich

    lol Joe added quotes around apologizes

    • Joe in PA

      And oh so appropriate. 🙂

  • Thorn Spike

    Bad at apologies, bad at lies.

    Sad!

  • JT

    Drumpf: I know nothing about …

    That can be repeated indefinitely.

  • netxtown

    Ah, yes. Shoot first! Standard american policy.

  • Tomcat

    An apology from trump is rarer than 6 inches hanging between his legs.

    • Tawreos

      They do make the tape on Depends very strong so that does rarely happen anymore.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c67694cca4627d5dc283594589b166dc8b391ee30e9a79cc37e0046a5e36ec01.jpg I regret my slight transgression of the other day, but only because my daughter insisted.

    • Reality.Bites

      The hair’s right but other than that she looks way too good to be Trump

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        He’s not a President but he plays one on TV.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      Angus Moorehead is my OTHER name.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    This is certainly just a coincidence. He even gueesed the pretextuak “conflicts”

    https://twitter.com/revrrlewis/status/956893718333808640

  • zhera

    Piers Morgan: Fighting for the position of Asslicker #1.

    So Dumpy doesn’t endorse that group? He endorses their message though, so where’s the difference?

  • Harveyrabbit

    I’m surprised they’re sitting so far apart. I’d have expected tRump would be sitting on Morgan’s lap.

    • Tawreos

      The common folk are not allowed that close to Dear Leader.

  • jimbo65

    Not a real apology. What about Charlottesville? He’s never been held to account for that , much less apologize for it.

    • boatboy_srq

      He’s never been face to face with someone he wants to impress that challenged him on it.

      Interesting that he’s doing this with Morgan. Guess he thinks Piers is a title, higher than Peer.

  • Boreal

    “I don’t know who they are, I know nothing about them, so I wouldn’t be doing that,” he said.”

    It’s your fucking job to know, ignorant fuckstick.

    • sadoldguy

      “fuckstick”
      William Gibson reference?

      • Boreal

        Don’t know. Just a term I have used with some regularity for a number of years now.

  • DaddyRay
    • The_Wretched

      And it was all about him. It’s an economic forum and he puts himself ahead of our county’s interests.

    • Bryan

      Not saying “Booo-urns…”

  • OdieDenCO

    interesting. donny claims to know nothing about the racist organization but agrees with their position enough to lend the weight of the office of the president of the United States by re-twitting them. donny’s denials ring hollow!

  • Halou

    “I am the least racist person that anyone is going to meet”

    Here is a picture of the “least racist person” talking to Navajo war veterans in front of a picture of Andrew Jackson, an event at which he tried to elicit laughs with a ‘Pocahontas’ reference.
    http://image.masslive.com/home/mass-media/width600/img/politics_impact/photo/donald-trumpthomas-begaypeter-macdonald-ae88af06cea92bbe.jpg

  • Buford

    Well, apology aside, I still need Tony Perkins to tell me whether this is another ‘deserves a second chance’ situation.

  • Makoto

    I sometimes wonder if I do the whole “Twitter” thing wrong.
    I ‘like’ things that I like.
    I ‘retweet’ things that I want others to see because I agree with the thing, and also like it.

    I guess Don just.. randomly pushes buttons and expects things to work out? And brags about his ‘nuclear button’. And has a Diet Coke button. Um….

    • sadoldguy

      No, trump just lies badly, but his fans don’t care so he has no incentive to improve.

    • boatboy_srq

      In your defense, you haven’t routinely persuaded investors that your brand is valuable only to skip out when the venture you got them to back craters. That we know of.

      • Halou

        Saying that, Makoto Steaks do sound delicious.

        • Makoto

          I do try, but I wouldn’t try to sell them.. I just like eating what I fix and that’s enough for me, heh

    • yes b’y
  • sadoldguy

    Surprised trump didn’t say that he would apologize at a later date, and would announce that date in the next week or two.

    piers morgan is a sycophant, no one expected a real interview.

  • Leo
    • Bryan

      Ha!

  • boatboy_srq

    Still can’t decide if Lord Dampnut is displaying rank cluelessness, or merely groveling before the Brits looking for a title.

    • Halou

      His attitude towards Princess Diana while she was alive, and even shortly after her death, would indicate that he once tried to marry into the royal family, believing that he was entitled to do it over their sensible objections.

      • boatboy_srq

        He must be related to Crystal Allen.

    • Natty Enquirer

      He’s just lying, that’s all. It’s what Trump does. You will never meet a less truthful person, believe me.

  • Leo
  • 2guysnamedjoe

    “I know nothing about these people. And I still know nothing about David Duke, either.”

    • Halou

      I bet he still doesn’t know that members of Vitezi Rend are banned from entering the US by State Department decree back in the 40s. Never mind that he hired one as a senior policy adviser.

    • clay

      He claimed he didn’t know anything about David Duke, but after his failed bid for the Reform Party’s nom in 2000(?), he explicitly blamed it on infighting among David Duke and others.

      • Natty Enquirer

        You mean he just lied?

        • MaryJOGrady

          Who could possibly imagine that?

  • edrex

    that is neither an apology, nor is it journalism.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Infotainment. As fake as the news gets. So,when will you apologize, Trump? Next week 2 o’clock, as my dad used to say?

  • pj

    bitches about fake news. and yet never turns down a chance to be pampered by the media. dons daily drama.

  • William

    It doesn’t count if he is not on US soil.

  • It Takes a Village, People

    Knowing nothing is the perfect excuse. Well done, sir!

  • sadoldguy

    Fake News: Facts trump wants his fans to ignore.

    • William

      Trump fans won’t watch the interview because they can’t understand the foreigner.

  • Phil Touchette

    I am guilty every now and then of posting something on Facebook or retweeting something that maybe I should have taken the time to consider whether or not it would be wise to do so. Then again, I’m not the President of the United States. My actions are less likely to endanger the entire country.

    • -M-

      And you don’t have a staff of political consultants and policy experts available who could check these things for you.

  • Barry William Teske

    “If you’re telling me they are horrible racist people, I will certainly apologize if you’d like me to do that,”

    So the leader of the most powerful country on Earth needs to be asked to be moral.
    Not so powerful anymore #45.
    But that was the plan all along wasn’t it?

  • Ninja0980

    In other words, he’s not sorry at all.

  • The_Wretched

    Maybe this “apology” was one of the requirements for letting him into the UK?

  • SFBruce

    I’ve heard more authentic apologies from 5-year-olds forced to apologize to the next door neighbor for trampling her flowers

  • The_Wretched

    He’s still taking sharp inhales (sniffing).

  • David Walker

    “It was a big story where you are — but it was not where I am. So you’re telling me something.” In other words, it wasn’t on fox & friends?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Dan M

    Somebody wants an invite to the wedding in May

  • Trump is full of shit. No apology. He is supposedly the head of state, he should do research before tweeting or retweeting anything. His tweets should have some kind of policy or strategy behind them. What he says must align with what the GOP is saying with one voice at the moment (even though they don’t have one platform as they are all running on different policies). He just came over as an ass in this interview, as usual.

  • Talisman

    Smart people know to always consider the source and verify his/her/its credentials before quoting, summarizing, or paraphrasing him/her/it. What’s good for academic papers is good for social media.

  • AdamTh

    Yeah, but as we all know Donnie lies all the time. Sorry Donnie, can’t accept your “apology”.

  • Bryan

    Donald would’d know anything about contrition even if he had to pay it $130,000…

  • JWC

    Trump plays it out He can be stupid stupid , stupid smart or smart stupid always leaving the listener wondering ” I will apologize if tat is what you would like” the epitome of sincerity Yup Theresa and Donny want to rekindle

  • BobSF_94117

    Piers Morgan is odious.

  • Puckfair52

    This is an elementary school type of shenanigan and Piers Morgan Maintains Asshole designation

  • -M-

    That’s not even a “I’m sorry if some people were offended.” fauxpology.

    He retweeted it because it fit his racist beliefs and political agenda. We all know this, we’ve seen it plenty of times from him.

    Any national leader, should know who or what they are amplifying _before_ they repeat it publicly.

    Any decent person who had ignorantly retweeted that would have rushed to disavow the hate group and apologize when they found out. Not attack the mayor of London and the British Prime Minister for pointing out the mistake.

  • Charles Nelson

    Trump is blameless because “he did not know”…collusion with the Russians…did not know it was against the law. Praising white nationalists…did not know they were Neo-Nazis. Demanding a wall on Mexican border…did not know border crossings have fallen. Calling Mexicans in US rapists…did not know illegals commit fewer crimes than average citizens. did not know…did not know…

    • -M-

      It’s not like it’s his job to know or like he could google it or you know ask the US state department. /S

      • -M-

        It’s also not like he apologized for encouraging both Islamophobia and “radical Islamic terror” by retweeting the hate group’s fake video.

  • DesertSun59

    Pure, unadulterated gaslighting.

  • GanymedeRenard

    “Sorry not sorry.” Got it.

  • Kenster999

    Shorter (heh) Trump:

    I love your people and your country; I would never want to hurt you; I know it was a big story for your country; I chose not to learn anything about it.

  • kareemachan

    That’s a typical conservative non-apology. And pier, you’re a little lickspittle twerp.

    AND this would have meant something if he had done it right after posting the original tweet. Now? It means jack shit.

    • MaryJOGrady

      “Private Eye,” the British satire and investigative reporting magazine, has referred to him as “Piers Moron” for decades.

  • MaryJOGrady

    Maybe #45 should check out whose tweets he is retweeting?

    • Gianni

      That would call for thought and consideration and a serious respect for truth. Not within him to even fancy such an approach.

      • MaryJOGrady

        Sorry. My bad. I forgot about the vacuum inside #45’s skull for a moment.

  • Scott

    Dear Piers, I would crap in your mouth if you asked me. So why are you still talking? Oh, right. “If”

  • Gianni

    Heaven forbid that Donnie would ever apologize for something he said or did because it was wrong, hurtful, and stupid to do so. No, he qualifies his apology with: “…..if you’d like me to do that.” How about you do something just because it’s the right thing to do, you immature prick? True, that’s asking the impossible. Doing that would be totally against that repulsive, deplorable, and totally selfish nature of his.

  • Ann Kah

    One more thing you wouldn’t have to apologize for if you JUST PUT DOWN THE DAMN SMART PHONE AND STOP TWEETING. Can’t we persuade him that “really important people” don’t tweet. They delegate that to subordinates, who can then forget to do it.

    Rant concluded.

  • JCF

    ““If you’re telling me they are horrible racist people, I will certainly
    apologize if you’d like me to do that,” Trump told ITV Good Morning
    Britain presenter Piers Morgan. “I know nothing about these people.””

    Like he didn’t know who David Duke was. Like NAZIS were “very fine people”.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6147526f364b9895d605e20b39fe0fe42f43620870043139a30bd65fc204ca2f.jpg

  • Pete Wascher

    so . . . apologize then.