Trump finally named the hate groups responsible for Saturday’s violence on Monday — but he seemed to show his real feelings on the Charlottesville rally at the Tuesday presser.
Trump echoed his “cherish our history” comment from Saturday — which many interpreted as a racist dogwhistle — by stating that “you’re changing history and you’re changing the culture” by removing Confederate monuments.
Trump’s remarks spark outrage on “many sides”
Trump’s flip-flop on Tuesday drew immediate outrage from politicians, commentators and Americans on “many sides” of the political spectrum.
The comments were celebrated by white supremacists
While the president’s latest remarks were met with outrage by both Republicans and Democrats, the comments were cheered by the white nationalists, including David Duke and Richard Spencer.
The president goes rogue…again
The press gathering was originally convened for Trump to announce an executive order aimed at speeding up the permitting process for infrastructure projects.
Instead, Trump made more improvised comments on Charlottesville — apparently the second time now that he’s done so.
Is this a defining moment in Trump’s presidency?
That Trump essentially defended neo-Nazis and white supremacists will represent a defining moment in Trump’s presidency, said Laurence Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard University. Read more (8/15/17 8 PM)