During the 2016 campaign, candidate Donald Trump denounced white supremacist groups numerous times. After the clash in Charlottesville, there was no reason to believe his views had changed when he initially stated violence occurred on “many sides.”
That statement was true based on reporting by Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times: “The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right. I saw club-wielding antifa beating white nationalists being led out of the park.”
Apparently, Democrats and a few weak-kneed Republicans missed that report.
After gathering the facts, the president denounced the hate groups by name like many times in the past. His moral clarity was obvious. The next day he stated there was blame on “both sides,” another true statement.
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Antifa is an alt-left domestic terrorist group and since early 2016, the Department of Homeland Security has classified its activities as domestic terrorist violence. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently condemned the “violent actions of people calling themselves antifa” after violence led to arrests at Bay Area protests.
This whole episode was just another example of a manufactured controversy by Democrats and a combative liberal press to smear the president. Finally we have a Republican president who will push back against these phony attacks.