Trump Repeats Claims That Both Sides Are To Blame For Charlottesville


The resolution, adopted by Congress earlier this week, condemns the "violence" and "terrorist attack" in Charlottesville, along with supporters of white race supremacy theory, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups.

"No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God", Trump said.

On Thursday, after his meeting with Senator Scott, one of a series of questions posed to President Trump during a Q & A session with reporters aboard Air Force One had to do with his earlier comments on Charlottesville. "And essentially that's what I said". "I said, 'you've got some very bad people on the other side also, ' which is true".

Trump faced widespread political backlash after he waited two days to specifically condemn the hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, that organized the Unite the Right rally.

Trump was widely criticized for suggesting "both sides" shared blame for the violence between white supremacist groups and those opposed to them.

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The president added that "because of what's happened since then with antifa, when you look at really what's happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people are saying, and people have actually written, 'Gee, Trump may have a point.' I said there's some very bad people on the other side also". The ensuing violence culminated in the death of anti-fascist demonstrator Heather Heyer, who was killed by a vehicle driven into the crowd. Scott was invited to the White House on Wednesday to discuss Trump's Charlottesville response as well as issues impacting minority communities.

Trump seemed pleased by his discussion with Scott, but not convinced. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the conversation with the high-ranking senator and the president went well, and Scott said he was "encouraged and surprised" at Trump's behavior during the meeting.

Antifa is an anti-fascist protest movement that sometimes resorts to violent measures to fight neo-Nazis and white supremacists, which has attracted a lot of attention in the wake of the Charlottesville violence.

The resolution also urges the president and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and white supremacy and to devote resources to combating hate groups in the U.S.