Aug 25, 2017
White House economic adviser Gary Cohn challenged Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville, insisting that the president had to do a better job condemning white supremacists.
“I believe this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities,” Cohn said in an interview with the Financial Times.
Cohn aligned his views with the establishment media, asserting that the violent Antifa counter-protesters were “standing up for equality and freedom” while the protesters defending Robert E. Lee’s statue were all white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK.
“Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK,” he said.
Cohn defended his decision to stay in his job, despite pressure from his friends and colleagues to resign in protest.
“I feel a duty to fulfill my commitment to work on behalf of the American people,” he said. “But I also feel compelled to voice my distress over the events of the last two weeks.”
Cohn insisted that by staying in his job in the White House, he was fighting white supremacists.
“As a Jewish American, I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting ‘Jews will not replace us’ to cause this Jew to leave his job,” he said.
Cohn “seriously considered resigning,” according to the New York Times, in response to Trump’s Charlottesville comments and drafted a letter of resignation. “Sources close to” Cohn floated quotes on background to the media noting that he was “disgusted and deeply upset” with the president.