Lara Trump Gives Non-Apology For Federal Worker Remarks, Instead Blames ‘Fake News’

Lara Trump Gives Non-Apology For Federal Worker Remarks, Instead Blames ‘Fake News’

Following widespread condemnation and outrage over her tone-deaf remarks on furloughed and unpaid federal workers in which she was compared unfavorably to Marie Antoinette, Trump campaign adviser and presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump ran to the comfy confines of Fox News to clean up her comments. And in true Trumpian fashion, she blamed the mainstream media for misconstruing her words while issuing a non-apology.

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner handled Trump with kid gloves Thursday afternoon, pointing out that she had received “blowback” for her interview with Bold while noting that it can be “stressful” for some of these workers not to get paid. For the record, below are the comments that have caused Trump to be publicly dragged:

“It’s not fair to you, and we all get that, but this is so much bigger than any one person. It is a little bit of pain, but it’s going to be for the future of our country, and their children and their grandchildren and generations after them will thank them for their sacrifice right now. I know it’s hard. I know people have families, they have bills to pay, they have mortgages, they have rents that are due. But the president is trying every single day to come up with a good solution here and, the reality is, it’s been something that’s gone on for too long and been unaddressed — our immigration problem. If we do nothing right now, it’s never going to get fixed. This is our one opportunity.”

Faulkner asked, “What did you mean to say when you said that people were hurting a little bit — just a little bit of pain?”

Trump said that this was a “classic example” of “what happens with the mainstream media,” stating that if anyone watched the entire interview, they would see that it is “very clear” that she is “incredibly empathetic” to the plight of workers not receiving a paycheck. She added that her larger point was that the president is “standing strong on his position because this is really about the future of our country.”

The Fox News anchor followed up by noting that Trump had released a statement because she felt like she “needed to do that,” asking Trump what it said and what she felt needed to be corrected.

“I just want people to know out there that the mainstream media is very disingenuous,” Trump responded. “They took a couple of words that I said out of what was a completely legitimate and acceptable statement that I had to say about — by the way, I think the workers. They really are sacrificing right now. We understand that. I think America needs to understand that.”

And no Trump interview would be complete without the appearance of the F-word.

“For the mainstream media to take one little blurb out of what I said, misconstrue it and misrepresent what I had to say, it’s completely unacceptable,” she complained. “It’s why the president calls the media a lot of fake news these days. That is the exact thing.”

She concluded by spotlighting the real victim — Lara Trump.

“The fact that anyone would portray me in any of your other light, I found it upsetting for it. So I wanted to set the record straight, it’s not in my character to do something like that. It is hard to see all these people attack me over something that was misconstrued.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.