Trump again blames both sides for Charlottesville violence

After Trump's remarks, Republicans were once again forced to distance themselves.
By Vicky Webb | Aug 19, 2017
In an unplanned press conference Tuesday, President Trump again put the blame on both sides for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, causing some Republicans to once again distance themselves from his remarks.

The president spoke with reporters at Trump Tower in New York City, saying "alt-left" group were "very very violent" and that there is "blame on both sides," according to a report by The New York Times.

Trump also equated Confederate leader Robert E. Lee with George Washington.

"Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee," the president said. "This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?"

Trump defended the torch-bearing, race-baiting rally-goers by saying it was unfair to suggest all were neo-Nazis or white supremacists.

After Trump's remarks, Republicans were once again forced to distance themselves.

"We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive," wrote House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), in a tweet. "This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity."

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) re-tweeted his comment from over the weekend.

"We should all evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home."

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) flatly rejected the president's false equivalency argument.

"Blaming 'both sides' for #Charlottesville?! No," she tweeted. "Back to relativism when dealing with KKK, Nazi sympathizers, white supremacists? Just no."


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