President Donald Trump blamed “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which took the life of counter-protester Heather Heyer on Aug. 12 (more video below).
Trump falsely claimed that he did not have all the facts on Aug. 12 and defended his two-day delay in condemning white supremacists, one of whom reportedly killed Hayer and injured 19 others by driving a car through a crowd.
The facts of Hayer’s death and her accused killer were known on Aug. 12. The facts of the white supremacists putting on the “Unite The Right” rally were known on Aug. 11.
Trump flatly denied the facts were known:
The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement, but you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the facts. It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts. It is a very, very important process to me. So I don’t want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement.
Trump falsely claimed that he has created one million jobs. The president has never had a budget or economic policy passed.
Trump refused to call the driver of the car a “terrorist”:
There is a question. Is it murder? Is it terrorism? Then you get into legal semantics. The driver of the car is a murderer. What he did was a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing.
Trump later used the right wing term “alt-left” to attack the counter-protesters who opposed the white supremacists:
What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt-right? Do they have any assemblage of guilt? What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.
Trump insisted that not all of the white supremacists at the “Unite The Right” rally were neo-Nazis.
Trump went on to blame “both sides” for the killing of Hayer:
I think there is blame on both sides, You look at both sides. I think there is blame object both on both sides. I have no doubt about it. You don’t have doubt about it either. If you reported it accurately, you would say that.