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Trump points to 'both sides' in deadly rally

Violent ‘alt-left’ protesters looking for fight, he insists

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published August 16, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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President Donald Trump, speaking to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, said Tuesday that “before I make a statement, I like to know the facts.”

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Women visit a memorial at 4th and Water streets on Tuesday in Charlottesville, Va., where Heather Heyer was killed when a car rammed into a group of c...

President Donald Trump reverted Tuesday to blaming both sides for deadly violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., and at one point questioned whether the movement to pull down Confederate statues would lead to the desecration of memorials to George Washington.

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Women visit a memorial at 4th and Water streets on Tuesday in Charlottesville, Va., where Heather Heyer was killed when a car rammed into a group of c...

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RBear says... August 16, 2017 at 4:33 a.m.

This will not be Trump's complete downfall, but it erodes his support from other Republicans. I signifies an abject failure to really understand the issue and take an alt-right position over all others. This is someone who is tone-deaf to the repugnance of the white nationalist movement and how it differs from our American principles. It is his base and he's not going to come out against it when you have the likes of Bannon and Miller in the White House.
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The weak line of getting all the facts is just another "dog ate the homework" excuse is hard to swallow as he should have come out with that on Day Two at best. Day Four and this is the best you can come up with? No, what you said on Day One was truly what you meant and the more you try to twist this around, the more you get tied up in knots that your own party is calling you out for.
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More statues will come down. The white nationalists will attempt to rally in cities and be turned back by officials who view their aggressive storm trooper approach as a public safety danger. More Republicans will reject this and the base will erode. Those who hang on to this will show their true colors and further damage any remaining support that might be there from the center.
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The media doesn't have to do anything. Trump just needs to open his mouth or tweet and he does all the damage himself. The only fake media is not reporting what he says, which seems to be what the conservative media is doing.

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BoudinMan says... August 16, 2017 at 6:18 a.m.

Men and women on the streets of a beautiful American city were carrying nazi flags, carrying kkk flags, chanting "Jews will not replace us, and rendering the nazi salute? This should be low hanging fruit for any president to denounce without creating a false equivalence, or to start in with "whataboutism." Especially a president with a Jewish daughter, and Jewish grandchildren. We keep expecting this guy to place country over party. Hell, he can't even put family over party.

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WGT says... August 16, 2017 at 7:15 a.m.

Trump is not fit to lead. Pence is not fit to lead. John Kelly cannot control the inner circle. The Republican side of the political spectrum must contain and manage this runaway slash and burn tragedy of utter insult of deplorable behavior.

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tenpoint says... August 16, 2017 at 8:57 a.m.

I agree with Donald trump . he said both sides was at fault and I agree with him one hundred percent.the statutes should be left alone this is a part of history you can't take this away . the war was fought because of STATES RIGHTS NOT SLAVERY. people needs to wake up .

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hah406 says... August 16, 2017 at 9:08 a.m.

tenpoint, saying the civil war was about states rights is only partially correct. The states wanted the right to continue the slavery driven economy. So it was about slavery, and it was morally wrong.
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The true racist bigoted Trump came out yesterday. The two sides are NOT morally equal. One side you have the white nationalists and KKK groups who espouse imprisoning and murdering Jews, gays, immigrants, and shipping all blacks back to Africa. On the other side, you have those who would be murdered, imprisoned, or forcibly deported.
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The anti-KKK crowd stood up to the thugs that would make victims of them. If they had been able to stand up to the Hitler crowd in 1930's Germany, the holocaust could have been prevented.

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tenpoint says... August 16, 2017 at 9:18 a.m.

as far as we can find NONE of our ancesters had a slave,our forefathers fought in the sivil war for STATES RIGHTS and I am proud of them Robert E Lee was a great SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN

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TimberTopper says... August 16, 2017 at 9:18 a.m.

A weak babyman playing to his base. Somebody give him a lollipop!

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tenpoint says... August 16, 2017 at 9:28 a.m.

sounds like you have a leak in your brain

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hah406 says... August 16, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.

ten, go back to school. Your ignorance and lack of education are on display. It is spelled Civil War, with a "C", not sivil. If you had ever taken a good American History class you would understand what I said previously about states rights to own slaves based on their economy.

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23cal says... August 16, 2017 at 10:14 a.m.

"He said that "before I make a statement, I like to know the facts."
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Puh--leeeeeeze.
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That has never been the case in the history of Trump. He started birtherism, no facts. He said Obama and Hillary co-founded ISIS, no facts. He said the Obama administration actively support al-Qaeda in Iraq, no facts. He said Mexico would pay for the wall, no facts. He said, Arab-Americans in New Jersey cheered 9/11, no facts. He has even jumped the gun when it comes to labeling violent incidents terror attacks. He perpetually fires off statements and opinions without facts, that is what he DOES. And then when he has facts—Russia, climate change, voter fraud is a myth, inauguration crowds, asbestos "got a bad rap," exercise depletes your life force, and on and on—he denies them. His entire essence is a paucity of truth and fact-less reality. He calls facts "fake news".
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But more importantly, they are Nazis. This was the easiest condemnation ever. We literally went to war to defeat Nazism. Denouncing Nazis should be a knee-jerk reaction, that it's not his says something about him. It says that he is either (1) a racist, or (2) unwilling to unequivocally condemn, and thereby offend, a racist base that is the source of his political power.
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He continued, "if the press were not fake and if it was honest, the press would have said what I said was very nice." What he said was garbage, as is he. Failing to condemn them is tacitly agreeing with them. That was what he meant to communicate and that was what they heard. Also, he literally just lied about what he said on Saturday and then accused the media of being dishonest. He is a projecting narcissist.
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About "I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after." Yes, the president just managed to defend Nazis by invoking two of the founders of our nation, while likening those founders to two men who sought to rebel against that nation.
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About "I think there is blame on both sides."
"Look, Hitler was a bad guy. But those Jews ... they did some horrible stuff too. And did the Jews have permits for everything? No. There is a lot of blame to go around on both sides. Both sides. So you can't blame Hitler and the Nazis for everything."

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