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Donald Trump says both ‘alt-left’ and ‘alt-right’ to blame for Charlottesville violence

U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his initial comments in regards to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last weekend that left one person dead after a car barreled into counter-protesters.

On Tuesday, he repeated the sentiments he stated on the weekend, saying that both the left- and right-wing groups are to blame.

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“They came at each other with clubs … it was a horrible thing to watch,” Trump told reporters at what was supposed to be an announcement of his administration’s infrastructure policy.

He also said left-wing protesters “came violently attacking the other group.”

While he did say there were bad people including neo-Nazis in the “alt-right” group, he also said there were trouble makers in the left-wing group, which he labelled the “alt-left.”

“In the other group also, you had some fine people but you also had troublemakers, people in black helmets with baseball bats,” he said.

Trump was widely criticized for his Saturday comments, in which he said there were “many sides” involved in the protest, instead of calling out the neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups.

On Monday he did condemn them, calling them repugnant.

“Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said from the White House.

But he seemed to go back to his original statements Tuesday when he said there is “blame on both sides,” and that some of the facts about the rally aren’t known.

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Reaction to Tuesday’s press conference has already started to come in.

While, ex-KKK leader David Duke thanked Trump for his words condemning the “leftist terrorists,” while the Executive director of the Anne Frank Centre for Mutual Respect called Trump out for sympathizing with “neo-Nazi white supremacists.”




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