On CNN, Trump Surrogate Defends Trump's Conspiracy Theory Push: "It's Politics"
National Campaign Co-Chairman Sam Clovis: "I'm Frankly Not Surprised By Anything Anymore"
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From the May 4 edition of CNN's New Day:
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JOHN BERMAN (HOST): You said you think when it comes to healing the rift in the Republican Party, particularly between Trump and Cruz, it needs to happen on both sides. What does Donald Trump need to do to heal the rift? Does he need to apologize for suggesting, without any evidence whatsoever, that Ted Cruz's father was in a picture with Lee Harvey Oswald? Do you think there will be apologies be coming?
SAM CLOVIS: Well, I think that what we saw was the first steps last night, certainly in the conciliatory tone of the -- I thought Mr. Trump's speech was fantastic last night. I thought it was great. It was so typical of him. I think a lot of people don't see the gracious side of him, and a lot of times because those of us that have been around him do. He is a wonderful human being, a warm human being in a lot of ways, because it's not depicted in the media and that's certainly not what we see.
BERMAN: But, if he's warm to you, does it justify conspiracy theories, like quoting the National Enquirer without any proof?
CLOVIS: Well, it's politics, and I think that we've seen a lot of things, and I'm not surprised. I've been following politics since I was 7 years old, and I'm frankly not surprised by anything anymore. So, I think this is the kind of thing that happens when the elbows come up under the basket, and I think this is -- we're going to get through this, and I think you're going to have [GOP] Chairman [Reince] Priebus on here in a moment, and I think he'll tell you the same thing. Things'll happen. We're already seeing this happen. I can't tell you the number of emails and texts and phone calls that have come in, and I'm only a small part of this whole operation. Imagine what's come in to Mr. Trump, with hundreds and hundreds, perhaps thousands of people already, that are starting to rally behind Mr. Trump as the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party.