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Trump Resurrects His Claim That Both Sides Share Blame in Charlottesville Violence

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Photo President Trump spoke to reporters aboard Air Force One during a flight to Washington from Florida on Thursday.Credit Doug Mills/The New york city Times WASHINGTON– President Trump thrust himself back into the racial storms of Charlottesville on Thursday, duplicating his charge that those resisting the neo-Nazis and white supremacists were as much to blame as the alt-right crowds who marched on the Virginia college town last month.Mr.

Trump was defining his side of a conversation on Wednesday with Senator Tim Scott, Republican politician of South Carolina, throughout which Mr. Scott, the Senate’s only black Republican, said he confronted the president on his claim that “both sides” was accountable for the violence that followed a torchlight demonstration versus the elimination of a statue of Robert E. Lee.

“Specifically due to the development of Antifa, if you look at what’s going on there, you understand, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side likewise,” Mr. Trump said, referring to the anti-fascist group that encountered neo-Nazis and white supremacists.Mr.

Trump has provided constantly shifting statements about Charlottesville, alternately condemning the hate groups and declaring an ethical equivalence in between them and the counter-protesters. On Thursday, speaking with press reporters on Air Force One, Mr. Trump reverted to the unapologetic position he took in a news conference last month at Trump Tower.

“Now due to the fact that of exactly what’s happened ever since, with Antifa, you take a look at actually exactly what’s happened considering that Charlottesville– a great deal of people are saying– in fact, a great deal of individuals have actually written, ‘Gee, Trump may have point,” Mr. Trump said. “I stated, ‘You’ve got some extremely bad people on the other side, which is real.'”

Still, Mr. Trump said, he and Mr. Scott had a “excellent conversation.”

In his remarks to press reporters a day earlier, Mr. Scott made it clear he went to the White House to rebut Mr. Trump’s claim that “both sides” were responsible.

“My response was that, while that’s real, I mean I believe if you take a look at it from a sterilized perspective, there was a villain on the other side,” Mr. Scott said. “However, the genuine image has nothing to do with who is on the other side.”

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