Trump Is Getting Called Out For Contradicting Himself On Condemning White Supremacists

Trump Is Getting Called Out For Contradicting Himself On Condemning White Supremacists

"We had a great talk yesterday", Trump said, during an on-record discussion with reporters on Air Force One en route to Washington after a trip to view hurricane-relief efforts in Naples, Fla.

In a White House statement issued Thursday, Trump said he opposed bigotry in all forms and was "pleased" to sign the resolution.

"You know, there are also many bad guys on the other side", the president told reporters aboard Airforce 1, prompting new criticism that he did not adequately condemn the language of hatred.

President Donald Trump, pictured next to Sen. "You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that's what I said".

Additionally, the resolution urges the Attorney General (who would be none other than Jeff Sessions) to fully investigate all acts of domestic terrorism and violence by hate groups and prevent further attacks. The ensuing violence culminated in the death of anti-fascist demonstrator Heather Heyer, who was killed by a vehicle driven into the crowd.

The president added that "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".

He added that America is a "nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal" and called on people to "move forward to rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans". On Wednesday, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said they'd agreed to a deal with the president that would protect some 800,000 DREAMERs, after Trump ordered the cancellation of the DACA immigration program.

However, Trump's signing of the resolution came just hours after he made remarks that once again placed blamed for the violence on both sides.

A statement from Scott's office said the Antifa movement should be condemned but argued there is no realistic comparison with white supremacists. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Scott had not criticized Trump's response to Charlottesville but rather spoke about racial issues "in depth".

And speaking to CBS News Wednesday after meeting with Trump, Scott had said Trump "obviously reflected on what he has said [about Charlottesville], on his intentions and the perception of those comments".

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