‘I didn’t see the debate.’ Sullivan ducks and dodges questions about Trump’s racism, once again

Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan stands behind President Donald Trump at the signing of the CARES Act on April 24, 2020. At the same event, Trump blasted the USPS. (Photo by White House Press Office/Flickr)

“I didn’t see the debate.”

That’s the latest defense Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan had to questions about President Donald Trump’s remarkable-if-it-had-been-anyone-other-than-Trump refusal to condemn white supremacists at Tuesday night’s presidential debate. According to another account from D.C., when asked if Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists is hurting his re-election chances Sullivan “stared at the reporter silently for about 8 seconds before a Senate subway door closed, and whisked him away.”

Sullivan’s deflection of the question—a refusal to say anything negative about Trump—has become as predictable as Trump’s refusal to say anything negative about racists.

“Coward,” tweeted Al Gross, the Democrat-backed independent challenger who’s nearly tied in the latest polls against Sullivan.

As his ducking from questions grabbed attention on Twitter this morning, columnist Dermot Cole pulled up the receipts from several other times that Sullivan has hidden from criticizing the president by claiming that he hadn’t heard about the incident that was making national headlines.

And it’s not just about national or international issues for Sullivan. Add to that the time that Sullivan, according to the New York Times, “ stood silently behind Mr. Trump in the Oval Office when the president threatened to block emergency aid to the Postal Service late (in April),” an issue that is direly important to Alaska and rural Alaska, especially.

“The Republican party, led by people like Dan Sullivan, has sold out to Trump and failed to check his extremist impulses. Had Sullivan and a handful of Republicans done their jobs and stood up to Trump from the start, the country would not be in such grave danger,” wrote Cole on Twitter. “Sullivan, colonel in the Marine Corps reserve, should have courage to say that he supports or denounces Trump’s refusal to condemn extremists. Sullivan’s employees are probably writing a damage control statement now in which he will not take aim at Trump.”

It turns out that just about everything about this is as predictable as Cole expected. Just as predicted, Sullivan’s office released a statement in which he did not take aim at Trump:

“Sen. Sullivan doesn’t know what the President actually meant by his comments. For his part, Sen. Sullivan has consistently and unambiguously renounced white supremacy and expects all others to do the same. Period.”

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4 Comments on "‘I didn’t see the debate.’ Sullivan ducks and dodges questions about Trump’s racism, once again"

  1. So Dan, how does it feel—no really! How does it feel to be the son of a $billionaire who made and makes so much money off of the Pentagon? Your Pa, he who appointed the ex-Army general (Abizaid) who ran the immoral and illegal Iraq war for George W.—to the board of RPM International? Your Pa and now brother’s company that was fined $60 million for fraud against the taxpayers of the United States?
    I’ll bet you missed that one too, eh? And about your godfather, Koch Industries…?
    See you in the unemployment line, old buddy.

  2. Baloney, just like the Charlottesville lies. He has often stated he is against the white supremacists AND antifa……….

    President Donald Trump on Thursday clearly condemned white supremacists, the Proud Boys, and groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.

    In an evening phone interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the president — who tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday — squashed any notions that he somehow endorses or turns a blind eye to white supremacist groups.

    “I’ve said it many times, and let me be clear again,” he told Hannity. “I condemn the KKK. I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys.”

    Trump added, “I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that.”

    “But he should condemn also Antifa. Antifa’s a horrible group of people,” he added, referring to his repeated calls for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to call out Antifa. “They kill people. … They’re causing insurrection, they’re causing riots. [Biden] doesn’t wanna do that. But the press doesn’t go after him, and that’s a really bad group of people. But I condemn them — and if I say it 100 times, it won’t be enough because of fake news.”

  3. Marlin Savage | October 3, 2020 at 6:27 am | Reply

    We Have ‘More in Common Than Not’: Utah Proud Boys-BLM Collaboration Provides a Model for Reconciliation
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