On a Good Morning Britain interview with Piers Morgan on Friday, Donald Trump did something he rarely does.
When Morgan asked if he regretted his November retweets of three unverified, anti-muslim videos posted by far-right, ultra-nationalist extremist group, Britain First, Trump muddled through what can only be described as a non-apology:
Trump first defends his decision to retweet the videos:
I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror. This was a depiction of radical Islamic terror.
Then when Morgan points out that the videos were unverified, Trump tries to minimize his part in it:
Well, they are, but I didn't do it. I didn't go out and...I did a retweet.
Later in the interview, Morgan again implores Trump to apologize, saying, "I think it would go a long way."
To which Trump replied:
Here's what's fair. If you're telling me these are horrible people, horrible racist people, I would certainly apologize if you'd like me to do that. I know nothing about them.
Twitter wasn't having it:
“Would” is conditional. Trump’s favourite... never straight.— Michael Edwards (@Cynic2010) January 26, 2018
'I'll apologise if people want me to, not because I recognise I've done anything wrong. And I shouldn't be blamed for uncritically promoting a hate-group'. Worst apology ever.— InfamousKLF (@PerplexedPonder) January 26, 2018
Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, originally posted the videos.
Many people believe Trump helped spread hatred and legitimize the far-right on both sides of the pond by retweeting them.
Forget that he was absolutely told that the was an extreme right wing group that had been hauled through the courts for their actions. But I guess it was fake news until his protege Piers Morgan said it— Mary Richard (@MaryRic44976686) January 26, 2018
The racist lying fraud is still a racist lying fraud who would have thought ...— Benny Fitzscrounger (@fitzscrounger) January 26, 2018
Jane Merrick, co-editor at The Spoon, added:
That Donald Trump feels he can apologise to Piers Morgan, that he trusts the description of Britain First by someone he sees as a friend rather than listen to Theresa May, UK and US government officials on the nature of BF says more about Trump than it does about May— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) January 26, 2018
“If you’d like me to do that” is the important part of the quote. This man has never seriously apologized or felt any remorse for anything.— Daniel K (@DSK_Daniel) January 26, 2018