President Trump gave one of the wildest press conferences in presidential history, largely addressing the Charlottesville issue from Trump Tower in New York.
Things got pretty turbulent.
He said repeatedly, among other things: “Before I make a statement, I like to get the facts!” This was his reasoning for taking a full 48 hours to address the violent, racist alt-right behavior that took place in Charlottesville, Virgina just a few days prior.
Trump then tried to blame the alt-left as being part of the problem.
“And, you had a group on one side that was bad, but you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And no one wants to say that. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit.”
Donald Trump is back to his “many sides” argument pic.twitter.com/03FHCLnbeC
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) August 15, 2017
Trump said he condemns neo-Nazis, but said not all the people there belonged to that group. He maintained that many were there to protest the taking down of Robert E. Lee’s statue, and made an off-hand remark about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson’s statue being next.
— Bloomberg (@business) August 15, 2017
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While Trump waited to “get the facts,” former President Obama sent out the second most-liked tweet of all-time on Twitter, responding with a quote from Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom:”
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
We commend Trump saying he wants to get the facts, but his past history doesn’t back up this statement. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
The White House was so embarrassed by the press conference that they even deleted it from the official White House youtube account after uploading it initially.
— Kim Wetter (@KimWetter) August 15, 2017