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Trump Defends Early Statement; Says "Many Sides" Were Violent in Charlottesville

by Countable | 8.15.17

During a long, and sometimes tense, exchange between President Donald Trump and major media outlets at Trump Tower, the President repeatedly defended the substance of his first response on Saturday to the tragic events in Charlottesville this past weekend. His statement changes the narrative about Trump - and his administration's - position on the matter. (See video below.)

Trump did not back down from his statement that there was violence on “many sides” and repeatedly mentioned “alt-left” groups that he claimed were “very, very violent.”

Additionally, Trump criticized the removing of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, saying, “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?"

Following Trump’s initial statement on Saturday, Republicans and Democrats both criticized Trump’s “many sides” rhetoric, and stated that he should have directly criticized white supremacists. On Sunday, the White House issued a follow-up statement, and on Monday Trump directly criticized white supremacist groups.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle positively received his statement on Monday, but indicated that he would have been better served making that statement two days prior.

What do you think?

Do you think that the “alt-left” that Trump mentions is a legitimate treat? Do you think the tragedy in Charlottesville was due to “many sides" being violent? Do you think that Americans will want to take down statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson next?

Leave your comment below, and hit the Take Action button to tell your Reps what they should do.

--Barrett Holmes Pitner

(Photo Credit:Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

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  • Susan
    08/15/2017
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    After trump's vile press conference today, where he showed his true racist colors, it is time for action. trump is a dangerous, hateful man who is enabling Nazis and tearing our country apart. He needs to be removed from office NOW.

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  • Renee
    08/16/2017
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    I'm a citizen of Charlottesville and was two blocks from the car hitting the crowd. I was in a store on the downtown mall trying to support those who were brave enough to stay open that day. A woman came screaming into the store looking for safety and I saw the townspeople literally running for their lives and state militia driving in tanks to the attack in what usually is our lovely peaceful downtown walking mall. After listening to tRump today I encourage everyone to watch the HBO Vice news about the weekend in cville. The brave reporter managed to document these people and makes no judgement or comment. It's up to you to judge. From my perspective in town that day I saw peaceful protests met with clubs and shields provided by neo -nazi, kkk, vanguard, etc. They outfitted their 'people' with uniforms and weapons. They maced citizens just for taking pictures. They came heavily armed and I'm amazed gunfire did not break out. But they used their clubs, bats, and metal pipes on unarmed counter protestors and random innocents who were not prepared for battle like they are. I ask our representatives where they were and question why they did not get involved until well after the damage was done. I ask our Charlottesville congressman Tom Garrett why he met with Kessler, a known white supremacist and other kkk leaders for a photo opp earlier this year and now, conveniently, is denouncing it on Fox News when we all know he appealed to these fringe groups for support and road into office on tRump's coat tails. Senators Warner and Kaine, I ask what are you going to DO to protect us and not just be talking heads about how aweful it all is. I ask everyone to step up and get this vile maniac out of the Oval Office before he either has us all blown up by another nation or by enabling American terrorist groups like the ones in cville proliferate. Because believe me, if this is not controlled quickly, they promise to come to your town too very soon.

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  • Stacy
    08/15/2017
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    REMOVE DONALD TRUMP NOW UNDER THE 25TH AMENDMENT. HE IS A NAZI SYMPATHIZER AS WITNESSED BY HIS CONTENTS IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY. He is not fit to uphold and carry out the duties of his office as a white nationalist. REMOVE HIM NOW OR I WILL CAMPAIGN VIGOROUSLY AGAINST YOUR REELECTION IN 2018!!!

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  • Pat
    08/15/2017
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    Trump is not fit to serve as president. Have town halls. Speak out now! We will have a civil war again if he is not removed. There is no such thing as alt left. The white supremacists think they won. Re introduce the Voters rights and pass it. That is what is needed for a start.

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  • Andy1
    08/15/2017
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    No nazis in the White House! Impeach. Any thing less is a complete and utter moral failure. Trump is pushing this country into a civil war- he best remember he lost the popular vote. Our numbers are stronger

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  • Bonnie
    08/15/2017
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    Please get this man out of government!

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  • Lisa
    08/15/2017
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    Ashamed. Disgusted. Not my President.

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  • Ashley
    08/15/2017
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    It's as if Hitler has re-risen on American soil. Don't let history repeat itself. This hate monger needs to be removed before it's too late. He is both a domestic threat and a global threat. He is tearing this country apart.

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  • MsMegan
    08/15/2017
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    Who brought the guns? And shields? And Nazi flags? Which side was ready to fight? We know who. Unacceptable Mr. President.

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  • Nan
    08/15/2017
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    Impeach this president. He is a clear and present danger to our democracy.

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  • Dennis
    08/15/2017
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    It is time to remove this hateful mentally ill man. Clearly the Republican Party has become the party of hate. Shame on all who support him. Our fathers and mothers fought against the Nazis. His support of Nazis is spit in the faces of those who fought to rid the world of Nazism. This draft dodger must be removed.

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  • Matthew
    08/15/2017
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    This was, by far, the most disgusting thing I've ever heard a sitting President say. This is unacceptable an un-American.

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  • Leslie
    08/15/2017
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    Get rid of this horrible hateful president NOW. Enough of this. Many of us have know all along that he is a racist and a bigot and now EVERYONE knows. He has no right at all to lead our country

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  • Laura
    08/15/2017
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    That was a difficult press conference to watch. Trump doubled down from what he said previously and spoke in a derogatory manner towards the press. The press and the media has been a voice of transparency for the people of the U.S. and the fact that Trump speaks in such a condescending manner and touts that because the press is fake, makes me believe more and more that Trump is fake! He does not know what he is doing and will bully anyone that has figured out that he is fake. Obviously, Bannon got to him in the golden tower and trump had to pull back on what he announced yesterday. He is not my president and he is not presidential!

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  • Deidre
    08/15/2017
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    Republicans: If you do not DO SOMETHING about this man you will NOT be reelected and what is left of a once great Party will be remembered as a shameful group that destroyed America!!!

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  • John
    08/15/2017
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    Impeach Trump now!

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  • Abbi
    08/15/2017
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    Of course he does, he's the king of doubling down on stupid statements. when someone says he's on thin ice he doesn't get off the thin ice, he jumps up and down on it like a mad man. It would be saner for everyone around him if they just quit.

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  • Eric
    08/15/2017
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    There is no alt-left. Trump is so misinformed. He is an embarrassment.

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  • R
    08/15/2017
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    He's repeating what he's being told by his handlers who are ultra-right. Who cares about the damn permit? It was a white supremacist rally where everybody came with torches, sticks, shields, body armor, and in some cases guns. They weren't there for a "peaceful" rally and we all know it! Their own websites talked about causing chaos to further their agenda. This man is arguing in favor of hate groups and hate speech. This man SERIOUSLY needs to be impeached and his whole cabinet fired.

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  • Gary
    08/15/2017
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    It is now way past time to hold this dangerous man accountable! The 25th article must seriously be considered!

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