Most Americans Blame Antifa or 'Both Sides' for Charlottesville Violence


Lindsey Graham, the Republican from SC who slammed Trump for expressing a "moral equivalency" between the white supremacists and those who took to the streets to counter their racist, anti-Semitic rally.

The Twitter posts were the latest Trump remarks that critics contend validate white supremacist groups who led a bloody rally over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va. He further said of the media, "They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry, etc. Shame!"

As counter-protesters clashed with white supremacists and neo-Nazis who were in the city ostensibly to protest the removal of a statue depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee, one of the counter-protesters, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was killed as were two police officers and 33 more people were injured in the violence - which included a white supremacist plowing a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters.

More key Republicans took immediate offense at Trump's contention there was equivalency in who was to blame for the hours of street violence, as demonstrators squared off with makeshift clubs, engaged in fist fights and fired bursts of chemical irritants at each other.

The neo-Nazis, white supremacists and alt-right protestors carried torches, Tiki torches, through the streets of Charlottesville Friday night.

While Trump condemned the neo-Nazi and white supremacists who protested, he insisted there were "very fine people" among those protesting the removal of Lee's statue in Charlottesville.

But on Tuesday he appeared to backtrack, defending his original statement that placed blame on "many sides".

"Such a disgusting lie", Trump said of Graham's remarks.

Trump also faulted Sen. That's what I'd call it.

The experts who jointly signed the statement are Sabelo Gumedze, Chairperson of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent; Mutuma Ruteere, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; and Ms Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.

"You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry", Bro said.

Earlier this week, Trump blamed "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville. "No one wants to say that, but I'll say it right now".

According to a New York Times report on Monday, the now- White House chief strategist is very close to being fired.

The Hill reported Saturday that Republicans of all stripes are concerned that Trump's combative press conference and unwillingness to denounce neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan has undone years of outreach by the GOP to nonwhite voters.

"I do think there need to be some radical changes", Corker told reporters in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Trump had also expressed kind words for Heyer, tweeting that she was "a truly special young woman".