Trump reignites racial controversy over Charlottesville violence

Trump reignites racial controversy over Charlottesville violence

President Trump has been accused of taking the side of whoever he talks to last about an issue, but Thursday's conversation with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only African-American GOP senator and someone who has publicly condemned the president's comments in the wake of Charlottesville, belies that contention. To hear Trump tell it, there were bad people among the racists, but there were "some pretty bad dudes on the other side" and "some very bad people on the other side". On Thursday night, September 14, Trump signed the resolution, but if his signature was meant to make a statement, it only served to further contradict himself.

"As Americans, we condemn the recent outbursts of violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, radicalism and racism in all their forms", Trump said in a statement announcing the signing of the document.

"No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God", Trump said.

Yesterday on Air Force One, President Donald Trump told reporters that during his conversation with Sen.

Even after denouncing the hate groups by name, Trump within days mounted a defense of his initial response, asserting there were "very fine people" among the marchers and suggesting both sides were to blame for the violence. "I think especially in light of the advent of antifa, if you look at what's going on there, you know, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also".

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The congressional resolution urges Trump to "speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy". Tim Scott, who is now the only black Republican senator.

Lawmakers from Virginia said Congress spoke with "a unified voice" to unequivocally condemn the August unrest, in which a rally by far-right extremists turned violent and a counter-demonstrator was killed when a vehicle driven by a suspected white supremacist plowed into a crowd.

Scott continued: "I shared my thoughts of the last three centuries of challenges from white supremacists, white nationalists, KKK, neo-Nazis, so there is no way to find an equilibrium when you have three centuries of history".

Trump seemed pleased by his discussion with Scott, but not convinced. "I said, 'You got some very bad people on the other side also, ' which is true". We are a Nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal.