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Trump Loudly Insists Both Sides to Blame For Virginia Violence

16 Agosto 2017, 06:18 | Bibiana Flor

Trump Loudly Insists Both Sides to Blame For Virginia Violence

Trump Loudly Insists Both Sides to Blame For Virginia Violence

In a stunning reversal, used auto salesman and U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at a Trump Tower press conference Tuesday afternoon that the deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville last week was just as much the fault of "alt-left" as the neo-Nazis themselves.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt-right?" the president said from Trump Tower in NY, addressing Saturday's violence in Virginia.

But he also said that while there were troublemakers at the rally, there were also many people there "to innocently protest and very legally protest" the removal of a "very important statue" of Confederate general Robert E Lee.

He condemned "rough, bad people" who faced a Unite The Right march featuring far-right groups wielding swastika-laden flags, many of whom were there for what he insisted was an "innocent and legal protest".

Standing in New York City's Trump Tower while reporters' questions echoed throughout the lobby, Trump said he did not have "all the facts" when he made his first statement shortly after the riots Saturday in Charlottesville.

Wilayto seriously doubts Trump's sincerity, saying "When he took a little time off from playing golf up in New Jersey to threaten nuclear war, that was from the heart, what he read was obviously a prepared statement, I'm sure he didn't write it".

President Donald Trump again said that "both sides" are to blame for violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, returning to an argument that has sparked a furor among Democrats, corporate CEOs, and even some Republicans. They marked and memorialized white supremacy, and served as a warning to anyone-black or white-who would challenge it.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement following Trump's remarks that criticized Trump for emboldening bigotry and discrimination.

Trump - clearly chafing at the political backlash over his handling of the situation and his aides' attempts to rein him in - also appeared eager to cast aspersions on the counterprotesters, who he said acted "very, very violently" and "came charging with clubs in their hand" at the rally participants.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest now serving Republican senator, wrote, "We should never hesitate to call out hate".

The blowback was swift on Twitter, where critics slammed the president as "a racist" and accused him of sending a "dog whistle to white supremacists". Then Tuesday morning he took to Twitter, retweeting a cartoon in which a train labeled "Trump" runs over a person with a CNN logo replacing their head.

"Do you support the Confederacy?" a reporter shouted in the middle of the circus-like atmosphere, a question Trump chose not to answer. In the photos, you can see a group people carrying long guns as they walk through the streets of Virginia on August 12, 2017. They're too busy trying to lay blame for the violence at Trump's feet that they refuse to actually hear what he had to say.

The President condemned the hate groups fueled by bigotry and racism over the weekend, and did so by name yesterday, but for the media that will never be enough. Why don't we spread the word of white supremacy and racism and neo-Nazism?' "I think in his gut he knows that we are not the ones aggressing", he said.

Two days ago a young American woman, Heather Heyer, was tragically killed.

Keep in mind, the Daily Stormer also endorsed Trump's original statement, in which he blamed "many sides," for not specifically condemning the neo-Nazis.

"Was George Washington a slave owner?"

Trump's core supporters have sought to blame Black Lives Matters activists and anti-fascist protestors known by the far-right as "antifa", for the violence, and Trump delivered with relish. "You still don't know the facts". He added that "you're changing history".

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