Donald Trump looked back at his response to the violence that took place at a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville last month. The president backed his claims and said there are “some pretty bad dudes on the other side also.”
On Thursday, speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump spoke about his meeting with Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
“We had a great talk yesterday. I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa if you look at what’s going on there. You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also and essentially that’s what I said,” Trump said referring to anti-fascist activists or “Antifa,” according to White House pool reports.
“Now 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.”
Scott’s office did not agree with Trump’s claims and said: “there is no realistic comparison” between white supremacists and Antifa.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, and to expect the President’s rhetoric to change based on one 30 minutes conversation is unrealistic,” the GOP senator’s office said.
“Antifa is bad and should be condemned, yes, but white supremacists have been killing and tormenting black Americans for centuries. There is no realistic comparison. Period.”
Trump has failed to condemn white supremacy yet again. No surprise there.