Trump says 'alt-left' bears some responsibility for violence in Charlottesville

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

"They came at each other with clubs it was a awful sight", the president told reporters at a contentious press conference in Trump Tower in Manhattan.

President Donald Trump holds a flowchart of highway projects as he speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Instead, the event displayed a brutal verbal clash between an angry president and contentious press, that left stunned staffers averting their eyes.

After condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists on Tuesday, Trump returned to the moral equivalency that brought so much condemnation of his remarks on Saturday, when he said "many sides" had engaged in violence.

We have a president who is emotionally challenged and empathy-free, who on Saturday read from a prepared statement of concern and condemnation, incapable of speaking genuinely from the heart, apparently because he knows that those who speak racist hate and commit acts of deadly violence are a portion of his "base".

The president subsequently called the driver of the auto that drove through a crowd, killing one woman, as a "murder" then once again blamed both sides for the violence.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right, do they have any semblance of guilt?" said Trump. It was obvious Trump wanted the questions and wanted to unload what he's really been thinking. "I'm not finished. I'm not finished, fake news". "The statement I made Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement". "It's a very, very important process to me".

The Charlottesville rally by white supremacists gained widespread worldwide attention Saturday when street fights broke out in the streets between the rally participants and a large group of counter-protesters, and one of rally participants drove his auto at high speed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19.

Among the group of counter-protesters was Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal who was killed when an OH man allegedly drove his auto into the crowd. Unlike you and unlike the media, before I make a statement, I like to know the facts. Prosecutors have charged James Alex Fields Jr. of OH, who has reportedly espoused Nazi propaganda and participated in the rally, with the crime. He tried to clean up his remarks Monday. He was followed later that day by Kevin Plank, CEO of athletic clothing maker Under Armour, and Brian Krzanich, CEO of computer chip maker Intel Corp. The American people need the same from their President and we need it now. One of them murdered a young woman in an act of domestic terrorism, and two of our finest officers were killed in a tragic accident while serving to protect this community.

Trump's two Charlottesville speeches are prime evidence.

To be clear, half the country voted for Trump; it would be wrong to suggest that the bulk of his supporters are aligned with white nationalism, or that our country is deeply and irrevocably bigoted just because Trump won.

Bannon, the former leader of conservative Breitbart News website, has been a contentious figure in a divided White House for months.

"I like him. He is a good man". "Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me".

"I like Mr. Bannon, he's a friend of mine".

David Duke, a former KKK Klansman, and other far-right protagonists revelled in Mr Trump's conclusion, emboldened by the President's criticism of the left.

A reporter asked him about the role of the "alt-right", made up of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. "And all of this is off the radar because Trump can't do anything right". He said creating jobs is the answer.

Democratic strategist Maria Cardona predicted CEOs would continue to bail as Trump's poll numbers droop.

Q: Why did you wait so long to condemn white nationalists? .

Shortly after the press conference finished, Duke tweeted: "Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa", he wrote, appearing to reference Black Lives Matter and the anti-facist counterprotest movement. And we want to see what we're doing wrong as a country, where things like this can happen.

"When you say 'vent, ' it's nearly his default position", Professor Lynch mused.

"George Washington was a slave owner". How about Thomas Jefferson?

"If you have any questions, please feel free to ask", Trump said, without stepping away from the podium.

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