President-elect Donald Trump disavowed an alt-right conference in Washington, D.C. over the weekend led by Richard Spencer that celebrated the election of Donald Trump.
Trump denied that he had energized the alt-right, but again disavowed the movement.
“I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group,” Trump said. “It’s not a group I want to energize. And if they are energized I want to look into it and find out why.”
Trump made his remarks during a personal visit to the New York Times, where reporters live-tweeted his remarks. The remarks about the alt-right were shared by New York Times media reporter Mike Grynbaum.
Trump separated former Breitbart Executive chairman Steve Bannon from the alt-right moment, insisting that his chief advisor was not a racist.
“I’ve known Steve Bannon a long time. If I thought he was a racist, or alt-right … I wouldn’t even think about hiring him,” he said.