Trump again blames both sides for Vir­ginia vi­o­lence

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Pres­i­dent Trump re­peated Thurs­day that he thought there were “bad dudes” among the peo­ple who as­sem­bled to op­pose a white na­tion­al­ist protest in Vir­ginia, a day af­ter the Se­nate’s lone black Repub­li­can spoke with him about blam­ing “many sides” for the vi­o­lence and death around a Con­fed­er­ate statue.

Trump met with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina on Wed­nes­day at the White House, where he ex­plained his com­ment, and why he said there were “very fine peo­ple” among the na­tion­al­ists and neo-Nazis protest­ing the pos­si­ble re­moval of a Con­fed­er­ate statue in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, last month.

Scott said he told the pres­i­dent that there was no com­par­i­son. But the day af­ter the meet­ing, Trump re­it­er­ated that he thought some of the pro­test­ers who op­posed the white su­prem­a­cists were “bad dudes” and peo­ple were be­gin­ning to agree with him.

“You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also and es­sen­tially that’s what I said,” Trump told re­porters on Air Force One Thurs­day while re­turn­ing from view­ing hur­ri­cane dam­age.

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