Donald Trump has seemingly lost himself in the point of no return on defending racism on Tuesday (August 15).
The president, during an impromptu news conference in New York blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia from Saturday on “both sides” of the conflict. He equated that the “alt-left”, as he called them, were somehow as bad as the white supremacists and neo-nazi protesters, who actually provoked and initiated violence, culminating in one of their own driving their car through a crowd of anti-protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others.
"I think there is blame on both sides," Trump said while going back-and-forth with reporters in the lobby of his Midtown Manhattan building. "What about the 'alt-left' that came charging at, as you say, the 'alt-right,' do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs, do they have any problem? I think they do."
He wasn’t finished. He followed that up with, "You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now."
This all follows two conflicting statements Donald Trump has already made about the terrorist attacks in Charlottesville. On Saturday, he made his infamous “many sides” comments to the press, but then backtracked on Monday by saying that hate groups were the ones acting violently.
Check out Donald Trump’s latest comments on the Charlottesville incident below.
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