Trump claims media 'misrepresent' his Charlottesville comments

Trump claims media 'misrepresent' his Charlottesville comments

Heather Heyer, 32, a counterprotester, was killed when a vehicle plowed into counterprotesters after authorities broke up the white nationalist Unite the Right rally. When Trump finally gave a canned and grudging disavowal of white supremacists, he was urged anew to say more, to be presidential, to bring the nation together. I didn't say that I could never have voted for a person who made the sort of remarks we heard from Trump - even if I thought "he didn't really mean it". It was downright ugly.

The conference quickly descended into chaos, and Trump went on a rant blasting "fake news".

Graham replied in a statement that Trump's honoring of Heyer in a tweet Wednesday was "very nice and appropriate" but also said: "However, because of the manner in which you have handled the Charlottesville tragedy you are now receiving praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country".

Symbols of the Confederate army - which was defeated by the Union in 1865 - remain controversial across the south, where they are seen either as oppressive reminders of the legacy of slavery or a monument to America's history, depending on one's point of view.

Trump more forcefully condemned white supremacists later, but on Tuesday suggested the protesters at the rally shared equal blame, prompting a fresh round of pushback.

"White supremacy doesn't just hurt blacks or other minority groups, it hurts the whole country".

Not in his denunciation of the assorted neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and white nationalists who swarmed Charlottesville, Virginia, but steadfast in his refusal to unequivocally condemn them. "To the force to make it clear that that kind of racism and bigotry is not going to stand inside the force, and to the American people to remind them of the values for which we stand in the USA military, which are reflective of what I believe to be the values of the United States". "AGAIN, white supremacists were to blame for the violence in #Charlottesville". The removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee sparked the protest that turned violent and led to a counter-protester's death last weekend in Charlottesville, Va. That it came from the president of the United States is tragic. "So this week it's Robert E. Lee". I would just call it as the fastest one to come up with a good verdict. "And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?"

Trump said during a heated Q&A with reporters in the lobby of Trump Towers on Tuesday that he was "not putting anybody on a moral plane".

"What this president can't seem to comprehend is that the darkest parts of our history are best learned through teachers, textbooks, and museums, not statues put on pedestals in town squares and public buildings", Price said.

It looks more and more like the White Nationalist House.

"The President's Advisory Council on Infrastructure, which was still being formed, will not move forward", a White House official confirmed. It's the white supremacists. "But unlike you and unlike - excuse me - unlike you and unlike the media, before I make a statement, I like to know the facts".

It's more than words. I serve in Congress with people across the aisle.

And now we have the spectacle of the president defending the character and motives of the neo-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville.

Trump lashed out on Thursday at Republican Sens.

"You can call it terrorism".

Political violence, by anybody, is wrong.

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