Trump Just Went On An Angry Defense Of The Racists In Charlottesville And Confederate Monuments
President Donald Trump delivered an address Tuesday that made him sound like President of the Confederacy.
Trump went on an angry defense of the racists who sparked riots that led to a suspected terror attack and three deaths in Charlottesville this weekend, inaccurately blaming much of the violence on the “alt-left.”
Trump also defended the monuments of Confederate-era leaders — the people who went to war in an effort to maintain slavery in the United States — that are widely being taken down, both quietly and with fanfare, in cities around the nation for glorifying the greatest stain on American history.
And Trump defended himself, saying his painfully slow response to condemning white supremacy after the riots was a result of him needing to “get the facts” before speaking quickly — even though that has not stopped him from making hasty remarks in previous incidents in which the alleged perpetrators were not white.
Trump’s comments came during his first visit to his New York home, Trump Tower, since the inauguration — a place where he feels emboldened and to which he returned almost nightly during his presidential campaign.
His frustrated remarks, held in the ornate gold lobby of his tower, came after a dizzying day on Twitter for the president and at a time when his legislative agenda is stalled. Trump on Tuesday used his Twitter account to promote a conspiracy theorist who has pushed hoaxes about Melania Trump, to again endorse violence against the journalists of a news agency, and to deride business leaders who left his councils because of his weak response to the events of Charlottesville.