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Trump repeats Charlottesville shared blame comments

by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/15/17, 05:35 pm

President Donald Trump veered off script Tuesday during a press conference about infrastructure, doubling down on his initial comments about the Saturday violence in Charlottesville, Va. “I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City. “What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right, do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump faced widespread backlash for initially blaming both sides after counterprotesters marched through Charlottesville and a man drove into them with his car—killing one woman and injuring 19 others. On Monday, Trump made a new statement specifically condemning the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis for espousing violence and hate. But on Tuesday, Trump adamantly defended his Saturday comments. He told reporters he took 48 hours to condemn white supremacists because he didn’t have all the facts at the time. “You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” Trump added. “Nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now.” The president said neo-Nazis need to be condemned but it’s unfair to cast blame on the entire group that gathered in Charlottesville to protest the pending removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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Evan Wilt

Evan is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Washington, D.C.

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  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Tue, 08/15/2017 06:06 pm

    Isn't Trump when you consider those tearing down the monuments?

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Wed, 08/16/2017 12:50 am

    I agreed with Trump's statement that the Nazis Groups, White Supremacists, White Nationalists, KKK,  and other racist groups are disgusting and repulsive.  The act of the murderer in the car was the most disgusting and we all as Americans should condemn it. We should also note that the alt-left groups are also repulsive for they didn't have permit and many came with the goal of producing violence - not bringing racial healing. We may not agree with White Nationalists  and other racist groups, but they do have a right to march if they follow the rules and get a permit to march. Other groups do not have a right to come without a permit with the goal of inciting violence. When we deny these people the right to speak out, no matter their views, we are denying our most basic right of free speech as found in our Constitution! I believe the goal of the left is to incite bigotry and racism. The funding is coming from radical groups supported by Soros and other radical leftists with the goal of branding conservatives, Republicans, and Christians as racist. If you repeat something long enough people will believe it! 

  •  SleeperSRT10's picture
    Posted: Wed, 08/16/2017 06:36 am

    Well said!

  • DBMiller
    Posted: Thu, 08/17/2017 07:38 am

    Glad to see my President Trump pointing out that it takes two to tango. I also wonder who started it all by deciding to take down the statue of a great American. Btw, I am not a far right or neo-nazi.