On Friday, the Republican National Committee put out a set of talking points for discussing the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that are demonstrably at odds with what President Donald Trump actually said in the aftermath of the events.
The set of talking points, intended for usage by pundits doing interviews, were passed along to The Daily Beast by a source. They emphasize that President Trump spoke out “forcefully against the violence in Charlottesville last weekend and rightfully” denounced “the un-American speech and actions of all white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKK members.”
The RNC talking points also encourage operatives to lay blame on one particular group for the violence which claimed the life of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured many others.
“The blame for the deadly violence in Charlottesville lays squarely on the white supremacists who organized the rally and continue to spread their message of hate across the country,” the talking points read. “It is never okay to resort to political violence, and we must condemn it in all forms.”
Neither of these points have been articulated by Trump. Indeed, the president’s first response to the violence in Charlottesville was to blame both sides. In damage control mode, he then condemned racist groups in attendance at the Charlottesville rally. But that message didn’t last long. Just a day after the condemnation, the president’s laid waste to the idea of specifically blaming white nationalists for the violence during an off-the-cuff press conference.
“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many…
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