Trump: ‘Antifa’ proves me right’
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday stood by his belief that both sides were to blame for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and counterprotesters.
Trump had drawn criticism for not initially condemning white supremacists who organized the event on August 12.
Trump spoke to reporters aboard Air Force One a day after a meeting with Tim Scott, an African-American Republican senator who expressed concern about Trump’s comments.
“We had a great talk yesterday,” he said of the meeting. “I think especially in the light of the advent of ‘antifa,’ if you look at what’s going on there. You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also. And essentially that’s what I said.”
Trump said anti-fascist groups known as the antifa must share blame for neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan fighting with anti-racism protesters in the streets. One woman was killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into demonstrators.
On Thursday, the president also signed a resolution sent to him by Congress that condemned the violence in Charlottesville and opposed “hatred, bigotry and racism in all forms.”