Both Bush presidents just spoke out on Charlottesville — and sound nothing like Trump – Washington Post

Reactions to Trump’s post-Charlottesville statements have not been as positive.

Speaking hours after a man plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing a woman, Trump condemned “the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”

After the criticism of Trump’s response, he had a stronger — and more specific — condemnation at a Monday news conference.

Trump called out the hate groups by name, saying, “Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to all that we hold dear as Americans.”

But he appeared to reverse course in a news conference  Tuesday, saying that “both sides” were to blame for the violence and that counterprotesters acted “very very violently” and came “with clubs in their hands.”

Lawmakers from both sides denounced the president’s Tuesday remarks, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), in a series of Twitter messages.

“Mr. President, you can’t allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame,” Rubio wrote. “The #WhiteSupremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of blame as a win. We can not allow this old evil to be resurrected.”

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