Trump Misquoted His Charlottesville Statements In Phoenix & Twitter Is Furious
On Tuesday evening after his rally in Phoenix began, Trump was criticized for misquoting himself on Charlottesville and the violence that took place there during a white supremacist rally. Most noticeably, as Trump was re-reading his initial statement on Charlottesville to prove that he condemned bigotry and racism, he failed to mention the fact that he blamed "many sides" for the violence that ensued.
Trump criticized the media for being "dishonest" and misrepresenting his statement on the tragedy.
They don't report the facts. Just like they don't want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the Neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the KKK.
Trump pulled out his Aug. 12 statement about the violence, recalling that he stood against racism, however, he never re-read this significant tidbit from the speech:
But we're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Va ... We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.
And that "many sides, on many sides" comment is what made people so upset, sad, and infuriated. Now, Twitter users are making sure people realize what he left out of his Phoenix rally speech.
A Curious Omission
What About "Both Sides"?
NPR Pointed It Out, Too
Just A Reminder
The Real Taking Away Of History
Quote Yourself Accurately
It Was Intentional
Here's The Original Text
He Just Simply Skipped It
For Trump, recreating events as he sees fit is an old song and dance. This time, people are noticing.