Trump: ‘An­tifa’ proves me right’

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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.”

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