Trump: ‘Some Very Fine People Participated in Charlottesville White Supremacist Rally’
Donald Trump’s attempt to change the subject with a press conference about his infrastructure plans quickly deteriorated into a bizarre defense of his initial response to the white supremacist terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump first started taking questions at Trump Tower Tuesday afternoon, he argued that his Saturday statement was vague in assigning blame because, “Unlike you, and unlike the media, before I make a statement, I like to know the facts.” Once he knew the facts, he argued, he was willing to condemn the hate groups.
Asked about whether the alt-right was behind the Charlottesville bloodshed, though, Trump unleashed a torrent of both-sides whataboutism and crankery.
“What about the alt-left that came charging at the—as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?” he asked.
The erratic president then began to defend some of the marchers, which gave way to a slippery slope argument about what happens if you begin removing statues of Robert E. Lee:
“But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee. You look at some of the groups and you see—you know it if you are honest reporters, which in many cases you are not—but many of the people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. This week it’s Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. Is it George Washington next week, and Jefferson the week after?”
Trump added that there were “some very fine people” at the protest, and that there was a peaceful march the night before.
Oh yeah, he’s referring to these good ol’ marchers:
White nationalist alt-right torchlit march going through UVA grounds: "you will not replace us" pic.twitter.com/QS8ebI9XOW
— Tim Dodson (@Tim_Dodson) August 12, 2017
Or these good fellas: