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Trump blames ‘many sides’ for violence in Charlottesville

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On a day when white nationalists marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and their planned rally escalated into violence that left one dead, President Donald Trump decided to go ahead with a press conference covering veterans’ healthcare.

Before signing a bill, Trump did address the situation in Virginia. Earlier in the day he had tweeted about the violence, saying “Charlottesville sad!”

Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” Trump said from his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. He then repeated: “On many sides.”

Many on Twitter had some responses to this tepid condemnation.

Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 12, 2017

Wow. We have a President who cannot condemn white supremacy. Wow. And nobody is surprised. We have white supremacists in the White House.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 12, 2017

To be clear: as a nazi rally turns deadly, the president devotes a few sentences to it, blaming “many sides,” and then changes the topic.

— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) August 12, 2017

“On many sides” is the low point of a presidency that’s already had a record number of low points.

— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) August 12, 2017

White supremacists carried torches and committed varied acts of terrorism in Charlottesville. A person was killed. @POTUS blames both sides.

— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 12, 2017

All sides matter

— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 12, 2017

Condemning Nazis marching in the streets should be the easiest thing a President ever does and Trump still managed to screw it up

— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) August 12, 2017

We should impeach this president on many sides.

— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) August 12, 2017

What president Trump said in the last ten minutes was a national embarrassment. It was the opposite of leadership.

— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) August 12, 2017

But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2017

“Above all else, we must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we’re proud of our country, we’re proud of who we are,” Trump said to end his commentary on Charlottesville.

“So we want to get this situation straightened out in Charlottesville. And we want to study it, and we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen. My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens. But our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another.”

This will be remembered as the “many sides” speech.

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 12, 2017

CNN’s Stelter may be on to something there, though it seems like Trump would rather people forget about that line. A later tweet from his @RealDonaldTrump account features a version of the speech that conveniently omits the entire opening section:

We will continue to follow developments in Charlottesville, and will provide whatever assistance is needed. We are ready, willing and able. pic.twitter.com/mCTYBgUePi

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017