Donald Trump Stands By His “Bad Dudes On Both Sides” Statement About Charlottesville

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Yup, you guessed it. Donald Trump is at it again. On his way back from visiting Florida to see the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Trump took questions from a few reporters while aboard Air Force One. One of those questions was about Trump’s meeting with South Carolina Republican Senator, Tim Scott, who has been very vocal about his criticism of Trump blaming “both sides” during the violence that occurred from white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia last month.

“We had a great meeting. Tim Scott has been a friend of mine for a long time,” 45 told reporters. “I’ve been a supporter of his – I was one of his earliest supporters. We had a great talk yesterday. I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what’s going on there. You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that’s what I said. Now, because of what’s happened since then with Antifa — you look at really what’s happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people are saying and people have actually written, ‘Gee, Trump might have a point.’ I said, ‘You’ve got some very bad people on the other side also,’ which is true. But we had a great conversation. And he also has legislation, which I actually like very much, the concept of which I support, to get people going into certain areas and building and constructing and putting people to work. I told him yesterday that’s a concept I can support very easily.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Rather than using this chance to readdress the situation fairly, Trump took this opportunity to restate his feelings that “both sides” are to blame for the violence in Charlottesville. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Trump made it clear on more than one occasion that he believes that there were two sides to blame for the violence that occurred, in spite of the public’s disproval and belief that he screwed up his initial response. By rehashing the situation, Trump has given us a series of quotes that’s sure to reinstate the debate over Charlottesville, just as it was finally being laid to rest in the media.

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