Reporter April Ryan got under the White House press secretary’s skin when she asked on Wednesday if the White House believed slavery was wrong. It was the second day in a row she tried to get an answer to that question.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded, saying, “It is disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building [the White House] would support slavery.”
Ryan bounced her question off of comments by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in which he said a “lack of ability to compromise” led to the Civil War. Ryan, the DC bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, appeared to be trying to get at the underlying reason why members of the Trump administration and Trump supporters seem to go out of their way to defend leaders of the Confederacy and the display of Confederate statues.
The current spate of questions over the White House’s stance on sensitive racial issues was fueled by the president comments that there were “very good people” and “violence on both sides” of a clash between white supremacists and anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville, VA, back in August which left one protester dead.
Watch the entire exchange between Ryan and Huckabee Sanders below.