Following the attack on anti-racism protesters that left one dead and several others injured, US president Donald Trump who stayed two days before condemning the white supremacists did the needful. But in New York on Tuesday he reversed, and also blamed left-wing supporters for charging at the “alt-right”.
He blamed both sides for the violent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one protester dead and others injured.
“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump charged at reporters during a news conference Tuesday afternoon in the lobby of Trump Tower. “What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.”
“You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” he continued. “Nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now.”
Defending his two-day delay in condemning the white supremacists, he told reporters he didn’t want to speak before knowing all the facts, “unlike most politicians.”
“I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long. I wanted to make sure — unlike most politicians — that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement,” he said.
Reacting on social media, John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen alongside Mandy Moore, Chris Evans and John Mayer among other celebrities who were quick to bash the president for his conflicting statements.