Trump Repeats Claim That Both Sides Are to Blame for Violence in Charlottesville

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President Donald Trump reiterated his polarizing view that “both sides” of the deadly attack in Charlottesville were to blame for the violence.

Though he had towed a line between condemning hate groups and declaring equal blame between the alt-right and the protesters against their rally, Trump repeated his initial stance to reporters on Air Force One on Thursday.


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In reference to a meeting with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the President said, “I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what’s going on there. You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that’s what I said. Now, because of what’s happened since then with Antifa — you look at really what’s happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people are saying and people have actually written, ‘Gee, Trump might have a point.’ I said, ‘You’ve got some very bad people on the other side also,’ which is true.”

Scott, the lone black Republican in the Senate, has been openly critical of Trump’s comments. During the meeting, Scott discussed the brutal history surrounding the white supremacy movement.

“I didn’t go in there to change who he was. I wanted to inform and educate a different perspective,” Scott said on Thursday. “I think we accomplished that and to assume that immediately thereafter he’s going to have an epiphany is just unrealistic.

The day prior, Scott told reporters that Trump was receptive during their meeting. “He certainly tried to convey what he was attempting to say,” Scott said. “He was trying to convey that there was an antagonist on the other side.”

“My response was that, while that’s true, the real picture has nothing to do with who is on the other side. It has to do with the affirmation of hate groups who over three centuries of this country’s history have made it their mission to create upheaval in minority communities as their reason for existence,” Scott said.

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  1. tjchurch2001 says:

    Unarguably my favorite part of the article was this…

    “He certainly tried to convey what he was attempting to say,” Scott said.

    Yes, he TRIED to convey what he was ATTEMPTING to say. What I learned from hearing/watching show hosts report on Trump speeches & tweets since his inauguration is you often are understanding what he is attempting to say, but assume that you’re making a mistake, as what you think he is saying is then followed with a thought like, “But nobody could be that stupid!”

    Yes, he is.

    Both sides had problems: The white supremacist side (a term it appeared he tried not to use immediately following Charlottesville), & the backside (where he is repeatedly & continually a pain for everyone, & where the door should hit him when we skip impeachment proceedings & simply terminate him from the job.

  2. I chastise thee Trump . The group that was attacked has power to change violently minded people to not be violently minded. How can such people be at fault having any fault in them? Look at their works. I saw a video of a former Antifa person. He saw love in the people that Antifa people are against. That person saw the violent behavior of Antifa people being repulsed by them.

  3. James Pierce says:

    What a useless jerk. He and that wife Malaria need to exit and be gone.

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