President Trump again says ‘both sides’ to blame amid Charlottesville backlash

NEW YORK — In a remarkable news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower, President Donald Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the “alt-left” on the other side.

“I think there is blame on both sides,” he said.

“What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right, do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump said. “What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs, do they have any problem, I think they do.”

He added: “You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now.

Trump defended his 48-hour delay in denouncing white supremacists, arguing that he took his time because he didn’t know the facts.

The President subsequently called the driver of the car that drove through a crowd, killing one woman, as a “murder” then once again blamed both sides for the violence.

“You can call it terrorism. You can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want,” he said. “The driver of the car is a murderer and what he did was a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing.”

“I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long. I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement,” Trump said Tuesday. “The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement, but you don’t make statements that direct until you know the facts. It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts and it is a very, very important process to me. It is a very important statement.”

Watch the entire press conference here:

 

87 comments

  • Proletariat

    Time to invoke the 25th Amendment. Trump obviously has shown that he is mentally unfit for office (again).

    • Bob Smith

      He’s a narcissistic….. He only have experience on real estate. A big screw up since, he had several bankruptcies!

      • typical liberal dope

        there are many forms of bankruptcy, and most successful businesses use the law to their advantage

    • typical liberal dope

      your sulking because your side lost is not a reason to invoke…..grow up and get over it.

  • Look in the mirror

    Nothing NOTHING Trump says is true or even relevant. In the same conference he said he has the largest winery in the USA. It’s not even close to being the biggest in Virginia! You can’t make this stuff up! I pray the military gave him false nuclear codes.

  • snowflakesneedalife

    Both sides are to blame. Don’t go to a protest and yell at protesters. Bad things will happen.

      • snowflakesneedalife

        Nope… but some idiot will always start something from either side at any event. People are dumb and always resort to violence. If you go to oppose a rally, its going to get out of control.

    • The Real Right

      It is ALWAYS right to stand up against racism. Only in Trump’s America do we blame the people doing the right thing instead of praising them.

  • Smh

    That’s almost like telling a victim they deserved it for what they where wearing or how they acted! I don’t see ANY of those racist pos’s dead or beat up. Nobody was killed at the woman’s march. So no, both sides are not to blame. The side with the violent history is to blame!

  • tbills

    You know what? I’m glad the KKK, NeoNazi’s and the Alt Right are doing those dumb protests. Be a little more violent and then find out you’ll put Trump on a very hot seat. He won’t last 4 years 🙂

  • DinoB325

    Ironically, the mayor of Charlottesville, after the election of President Trump in November, called his city “the capital of the resistance”.

  • trucker

    David Duke won the NH primary for Vice President in 1960, for the, wait for it………..Democrat Party!!!
    Thinking is dangerous 🙂

      • Look in the mirror

        Facts don’t matter to you. I can promise you that Trump hates you more than I am ashamed to have him as president. You are a poor trash nuisance to him.

    • Jared

      Are you stupid boy? Or just from Alabama

      David Duke
      Former LA State Representative
      davidduke.com
      David Ernest Duke is an American white nationalist, politician, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, Holocaust denier, convicted felon, and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Wikipedia
      Born: July 1, 1950 (age 67), Tulsa, OK
      Spouse: Chloe Hardin (m. 1974–1984)
      Books: My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding, Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question
      Political parties: Republican Party, Democratic Party, MORE
      Children: Kristin Duke, Erika Duke
      Education: Louisiana State University (1968–1974), Interregional Academy of Personnel Management

  • orange bigot

    When David Duke thanks you, you know you are on the wrong side…. This man is a racist traitor and hates all of you NEPA because you can’t afford to pay to join his golf clubs (but he’ll still take your ignorant vote)

  • FracingA

    I tellya for a rich Upper Class fella, Trump has a ton of Common Sense. It is what it is people. If Hillary had won, our country would be doomed in both short & long term. Thank God we have Trump for 7+ more years!

  • Kat Bullington

    Why has no one related this to the shooting of the Repub baseball team. Yes, there is violence on both sides, and it will not sleep until we can all get a handle on our nation, respect each others space/rights.

  • Iron Between His Ears, Blood On His Hands

    So when Ivanka and her children get shoved into the ovens Trump will light ’em up? Sounds about right.

      • Iron Between His Ears, Blood On His Hands

        IOB we are on the same page. But the much-married Trump’s third wife is the former illegal alien. His daughter Ivanka (the one he wanted to “shtup,” if you recall) was born in the USA. Married to Jared Kushner, Ivanka has converted to Judaism. In the eyes of the swastika-loving torch-bearers, Jared, Ivanka, and their children would be eligible to die in the ovens.

    • tbills

      You don’t even know what the definition of SNOWFLAKES is so shut your pie hole. Go look up the origin of the term on Merriam-Webster website. Hint look for something that has slavery to it.

  • Maggie

    When did being against White Supremacy turn into an Alt-Left thing? Last I checked not all Conservatives were Nazi Klan Members, and not all Liberals were Freeloading Baby Killers.

  • Nellie's Beer Garden

    Trump can be a very un-presidential at times, but there are times when he is not compelled to pander to get votes like most slimy politicians, speaks the truth and tells it straight. This is one of those times.

      • tbills

        Name me one local station that would air Fox News. Ummm yeah none. Besides who wants that news channel when one of there stories is a teacher sex scandal.

  • sc

    Thats the problem….instead of sticking together, we feel compelled to choose a (side, team, party, affiliation) to feel valid.
    how about (forget assimilation and be individual/unique, BUT NOT A SNOWFLAKE!

  • Lance

    It is true if you come armed for a confrontation you will get one. Both sides were armed, both sides went after each other. So both sides are to blame. Except for the driver of that car. He is a sick individual. He is a murderer

    • Robert

      And the City knew nothing about any of this? LOL. You Lance are the mayor of a large city, and you would disperse the group that began to illegally assemble directly into the Legally assembled group? Yup, absolute Genius!

      • Joe

        Counter-protests are protected under the same permit regardless of which side obtained it.

        The alt left didn’t murder an innocent person, the guilt lies solely on the person who did this and the group he supported which was the alt-right.

  • Let's see where this goes

    The Alt-Left media is the equivalent of the cowardly person daring two kids to fight so they can watch and then run and tell the teacher.

    • Trumpland Sucks

      It is a shame when you to prevent you children from listening to the President who teaches hatred, racism, mocking of the disabled, calls women “dogs” and brags about his sexual assaults.

      • Robert

        Then put down the remote, get off the couch take the kids to church and learn about Jesus. Just keep them away from the old testament cause if you can’t handle the president, Yahweh will really mess them up!!

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