President Trump on Thursday clashed with NBC host Savannah Guthrie about racism and the QAnon conspiracy theory during a testy 20-minute interview that kicked off an election “town hall” event.
Guthrie, who likened Trump to “someone’s crazy uncle,” visibly irritated the president by pressing him about past remarks.
“I denounced white supremacy, OK? I denounced white supremacy for years …. You didn’t ask Joe Biden whether or not he denounces Antifa,” he shot back.
Guthrie turned to QAnon, a convoluted conspiracy theory involving a cabal of pedophiles and powerful officials, but he pleaded ignorance.
“I know nothing about it. I do know they are very much against pedophilia,” Trump told Guthrie, again trying to turn the topic to Antifa activists responsible for violent anti-police brutality protests.
“What I do know about, I know about Antifa and I know about the radical left, and I know how violent they are and how vicious they are … I just don’t know about QAnon.”
Guthrie doubtfully prodded, “You do know.”
“I don’t know, I don’t know,” the president insisted.
“Let’s waste the whole show!” he exclaimed.
“You start off with white supremacy. You start off with something else. Let’s go, keep asking me these questions. Let me just tell you, what I do hear about it, is they are very strongly against pedophilia, and I agree with that.”