On Thursday, NBC’s Katy Tur accused Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos of being a “white supremacist icon,” claimed that Internet meme Pepe the Frog was associated with racism, and referenced gas chambers, David Duke, and Donald Trump, Jr. — all in under a minute.
After being asked by MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson about an interview with Donald Trump, Jr., Tur said, “I just spoke to him on the phone to get a little bit of an idea of what he was trying to get at, and he was very vehement about saying it was not an anti-Semitic comment,” referencing Trump Jr.’s claim that the media would be “warming up the gas chamber” if Republicans acted like Hillary Clinton.
“[He said] he was talking about corporal punishment, which is something he has said many times before, usually he uses the electric chair, and that he was in no way insinuating anything to do with the atrocities of the Holocaust,” she continued.
CNN’s Jake Tapper stated that Donald Trump, Jr. “used similar language” when speaking to him in July.
Trump Jr used similar language with me in July except he said "electric chair"https://t.co/uAp9p60jH4
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 15, 2016
“There was certainly a lot of pushback from Donald Trump, Jr. about that comment, but of course, Hallie, comes at a very sensitive time for the campaign. We have Governor Mike Pence facing heat, even from his own fellow Republicans, for not calling David Duke a ‘deplorable,’” Tur said.
Notably stammering, Tur moved on through the list of complaints, which read perfectly in sync with Clinton campaign talking points. “Donald Trump, Jr. also Instagrammed a photo with Pepe the Frog, who has been… who people say is associated with white supremacists, also Milo Yiannopoulos, who is a white supremacist icon. So it is certainly coming at a sensitive time for the campaign, it doesn’t help.”
Tur quickly moved on to a different subject.