WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday night that he had “strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the KKK” following the deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., and blamed the news media for inaccurate coverage of his remarks.
“I openly called for unity, healing and love,” he told a cheering crowd of supporters at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix also attended by Vice President Mike Pence.
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Trump reread the multiple statements he issued after the racially charged clashes on Aug. 12 as those at the Phoenix Convention Center booed the assembled news media.
The president had initally condemned hatred, bigotry and violence on “many sides.” In subsequent remarks he explicity disavowed white supremacists, but then returned to his original premise that blame should be pinned on both sides — white nationalists and counterprotesters — adding that “very fine people” were among both groups.
“Can it be any better than that? In all fairness,” he asked the rally-goers of his remarks on the Charlotteville unrest.
He mocked what he suggested was whining from…
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