What Did Trump Say About Charlottesville Now? Twitter Is Furious AF About It
Sometimes the third time isn't a charm. President Trump gave a third speech about Charlottesville on Tuesday afternoon, doubling down on his "many sides" comment, but this time placing part of the blame squarely on the "alt-left's" shoulders. The alt-left is partly responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, Trump claimed, but nobody wants to say it.
Oh, and he defended Confederate statues, because George Washington had slaves.
If that gets you a little heated, you're not alone. Twitter was absolutely livid after Trump's press conference, and they weren't afraid to let him know it.
Many felt that Trump was simply parroting what white nationalists are saying. The "alt-left" is not a thing like the alt-right is. The alt-right is defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an extremist ideology based on "white identity." They rail against "political correctness" and "social justice warriors" and now they are praising Trump for his comments — like David Duke, a former leader of the KKK, who immediately wrote on Twitter:
This praise by white supremacists was rebutted online by anti-racists who furiously condemned Trump's newest comments and laid bare what Trump really stands for.
His True Colors
Without a teleprompter Trump just showed us his true colors – we should believe him.— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) August 15, 2017
You Are Awake
On August 15th, 2017, President Donald Trump said there were two sides to a Nazi murdering a leftist protestor, and you are awake.— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) August 15, 2017
He Declined To Call It Terrorism
Upstairs from where Trump called some Mexicans rapists in kickoff speech, he as Potus declined to call murder of woman in Va terrorism— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 15, 2017
It's Not The Same
No Donald Trump...— Tony Posnanski 🥜 (@tonyposnanski) August 15, 2017
The terrorist driving the car in Charlottesville is not that same as the woman walking murdered in the street.
This Is Who He Is
Trump excuses white extremism while trying to blame the “alt-left” for the Charlottesville chaos. This is who he is. https://t.co/hnVMjiq7oW— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 15, 2017
Thank You, Senator
Trump just repeated his previous views of the moral equivalence of white supremacists and civil rights protesters in #Charlottesville.— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) August 15, 2017
Hey Republicans: Do you agree with Trump? Do you think Heather Heyer was asking to be murdered by protesting white supremacy?— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) August 15, 2017
This Is The ACTUAL President Taking The Pressure Off Of Nazis
Here it goes, Trump's trying to point fingers at "the alt-left" and take the pressure off the Nazis. Jesus.— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 15, 2017
Grand Wizard Trump?
Today was the day Donald Trump finally became Grand Wizard.— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) August 15, 2017
JK Rowling Chimes In
One good thing about that abomination of a speech: it's now impossible for any Trump supporter to pretend they don't know what he is.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 15, 2017
So Did Captain America
Seriously. EVERYONE needs to watch that press conference in its entirety. He does everything flawlessly wrong. It's a stunning disaster.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 15, 2017
Just As Bad
Anyone. ANYONE who STILL stands behind and defends Trump after what we just saw is JUST as bad as he is. #GOP???— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) August 15, 2017
According To Trump
According to Trump, those who protest white supremacy are just as bad as the white supremacists who murdered Heather Heyer.— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) August 15, 2017
Just remember who stood with Trump and who stood with our country and values at this moment.— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) August 15, 2017
There's a lot to think about regarding the way Trump has handled the violence in Charlottesville. But if you think about one thing, think about this: One woman was killed by a white supremacist when he drove his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters. Her name was Heather Heyer, and she died fighting against hate. Don't forget that.