By News Corp Australia Network. COMBATIVE and insistent, President Donald Trump declared “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them.
In an extraordinary press conference, Mr Trump said the groups protesting against white supremacists in Charlottesville were “also very violent.” He also claimed there were “fine people” protesting against the removal of Confederate symbols.
“You had some fine people. But you also had trouble makers,” he told media at Trump Tower . . .
“There are two sides to a story,” he said. He added that some facts about the violence still aren’t known.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan wrote: “We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.”
We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 15, 2017
(Read more from “Donald Trump Defends His Statement on Charlottesville, Saying There Was Blame on Both Sides” HERE)
Trump Claims There Were People at White Nationalist Rally Who Just Wanted to Save a Statue
By Alex Pfeiffer. President Donald Trump defended certain elements of the white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend on Tuesday, saying that there were people who just wanted to protect the statue of Robert E. Lee.
Trump held a news conference at Trump Tower in New York City and addressed the uproar he has received for his initial tepid response to violence surrounding a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville on Saturday. The president criticized media coverage and said that both white nationalists and counter-protesters were responsible for the violence.
He also said that people attending the protests had been unfairly maligned. “You had people, and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists because they should be condemned totally, but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists and the press has treated them unfairly,” Trump stated. He at one point said that some at the rally were “very fine people.” (Read more from “Trump Claims There Were People at White Nationalist Rally Who Just Wanted to Save a Statue” HERE)