In a breathtaking exchange with reporters at Trump Tower, the President of the United States defended the white supremacists who marched on Charlottesville – killing one and injuring numerous others – and blamed the violence on the ‘alt-left.’
“Many of these people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” Trump said, referring to a statue of the Confederate general. “This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
Trump reiterated that he had “condemned neo-Nazis” and “different groups.” But he defended the honor of those who marched on the University of Virginia.
“Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” Trump said. “Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.”
The marchers came onto the campus of the University of Virginia carrying torches Confederate flags, Nazi flags emblazoned with the Swastika, some wearing Klan regalia. They chanted the old Nazi slogan, “Blood and Soil!” as well as, “You will not replace us!” and “Jew will not replace us!”
But Trump said the “alt-left” was to blame for the violence, in which one woman was killed by a white supremacist Trump supporter who plowed into a crowd and injured over a dozen others. He claimed that the so-called “alt-left” groups were “very, very violent.”