Trump defends white supremacist/neo-Nazi violence, says ‘alt-left’ also to blame

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Donald Trump tried on Tuesday to make an infrastructure announcement but the press conference quickly spiraled out of control when he justified his reprehensible handling of the Charlottesville violence by defending the supremacist/neo-Nazi protest and blaming “both sides,” including what he called the “alt-left.” 

Here’s a glimpse of Trump’s quotes…

On why he waited 48 hours to condemn the white supremacist/neo-Nazi violence: “I wanted to make sure when I make a statement that the statement was correct. And there was no way—there was no way of making a correct statement that early.”

“Not all of those people were neo-Nazis. Believe me.”

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the—as you say, the alt-right—do they have any semblance of guilt?”

You had a group—you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”

Neo-nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. But you had a lot of people in that group who were there to innocently protest, and very legally protest. I don’t know if you know. They had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit … there are two sides to a story.”

TRUMP: "Call it terrorism, call it murder, call it whatever you want."

— Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli) August 15, 2017


It's now Tuesday, and Pres. Trump is pushing "blame on both sides" for a second degree murder charge even harder than he did on Saturday.

— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) August 15, 2017


TRUMP, a moment ago: "I didn't know that David Duke was there"
TRUMP, just now: "I was watching it very closely, much more closely than you"

— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) August 15, 2017


"The night before people innocently protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee" Trump on the torch carriers

— Ema O'Connor (@o_ema) August 15, 2017


You know who I bet was psyched about that press conference? The CEOs who announced they would stay on the manufacturing council.

— Josh Barro (@jbarro) August 15, 2017


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