Trump Again Blames ‘Both Sides’ for Charlottesville Violence
President Donald Trump has again blamed “both sides“ for deadly clashes last weekend between white supremacists and other protesters.
His comments came in response to questions from reporters Tuesday at Trump Tower in New York.
Trump said the groups that protested against white supremacists during the demonstrations Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, were “also very violent.“
The latest remarks seemed to undo a statement Monday in which Trump condemned the actions of white supremacists and other hate groups. Trump’s prepared statement Monday came after he was heavily criticized for saying earlier that the Charlottesville violence was caused by “many sides.“
In his statement Monday, the president said "racism is evil.“ He added: “Those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK (Ku Klux Klan), neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."
In Charlottesville on Saturday, a 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a man drove his car into a crowd of activists. The activists were protesting a white supremacist demonstration. Another 15 people were injured in fights between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators.
Trump blames 'both sides'