In Unscripted Remarks, Trump Tries to Humanize White Supremacists, References to Non-Existent Alt-Left

By: Kayla Pasacreta

This week has been an absolute disaster for Donald Trump. Over 6 CEOs dropped out of the White House Manufacturing Council after his weak response to Charlottesville. In an attempt to redeem himself on Monday, Trump rebuked racism. But alas, in unplanned remarks on Charlottesville yesterday, the unscripted, authentic Trump thoughts came out. It wasn't pretty. Senior staff aides were stunned and visibly frustrated.

Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly, photo via  The New York Times

Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly, photo via The New York Times

To reporters in Trump Tower on Tuesday, Trump insisted, "I think there is blame on both sides,” He went on to say, "You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.” Trump didn't stop there. He went on to say not everyone at the protest in Charlottesville were neo-nazis or white supremacists, and both sides have very "fine people". 

Trump continued to go hardcore racist sympathizer, suggesting people who urge for the removal of Confederate statues are unreasonable, 

So this week, it is Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
— Donald J. Trump

It's important to note that the rally in Charlottesville was started in protest in removal of a Confederate statue - this argument by Trump seems to insist that the white supremacists he condemned just yesterday were right to be fed up with the removal of confederate heroines. Twitter in turn went crazy when Trump tried to draw comparisons between Robert E. Lee and George Washington. While George Washington was a slave owner, he fought (and won) for an independent union - not to continue slavery. 

Just when it seemed like the press conference couldn't go any more downhill, Trump referenced to a non-exisitent alt-left. Not only is this literally #fakenews, it's another obvious way for Trump to try to protect and deflect from the uprising of blatant white supremacy in this country. Trump typically gets away with everything, but the way he's responded to his first important domestic crisis has dug him into a deep hole that even he may not be able to get out of.

Former KKK leader David Duke loved Trump's remarks, and went to Tweet about it:

Yet again, politicians from both sides had to condemn Donald Trump for his remarks that seemed to sympathize with racism. Senator John McCain stated, "There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so."

Here are some Twitter sentiments from politicians about Trump's comments:

Here are some Tweets from every-day citizens who have had it with Trump:

Will Trump find a way to survive this media firestorm?




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