During his remarks, however, Trump defended those protesters.
An honest and accurate examination of the "other side" of the struggle over these past few months would not fit the media narrative leading to Charlottesville as a symptom of what ails America in this summer of anger and vexation.
For Republicans who hoped the president might use the moment to send a new message about racism and their party, Trump failed the test.
Just as he had on Saturday when he condemned violence "on many sides", repeating that phrase for emphasis, Trump now used his Tuesday exchange with reporters to double down on the idea that blame should be directed at the left as well as the right. Being a white supremacist, last time I checked, is bad.
As he went about his day Tuesday, Trump was upset and repeatedly returned to the topic, the person said, culminating in the lobby press conference.
The violence erupted on Saturday after a group of far-right extremists gathered to protest a decision to remove a statue of a Confederate general.
The violent fracas ended in bloodshed when a 20-year-old suspected Nazi sympathiser, James Fields, ploughed his auto into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, leaving one woman dead and 19 others injured.
A planned discussion about infrastructure quickly deteriorated when President Trump took questions from the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in NY. "[.] There are two sides to a story". "You had people that were very fine people on both sides". You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit.
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The president sided with those seeking to maintain the monument to Lee, equating him with some of the nation's founders who also owned slaves. When asked in an AP interview Tuesday about her comments, Bro did not repeat the praise for the president.
"This week it's Robert E. Lee".
So, this week it's Robert E. Lee. I wonder, is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?
"You're changing history. You're changing culture".
Trump's comments also mirrored rhetoric from the far-right fringe. Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? Plank did not specifically mention Trump or Charlottesville, but said his company will focus on promoting "unity, diversity and inclusion" through sports.
"Charlottesville violence was fueled by one side: white supremacists spreading racism, intolerance & intimidation. Those are the facts". "This is not my president".
The AP wants us to believe that Trump's statements were a disaster. Is it murder? Is it terrorism?
"So you can do one of two things", Kimmel said: "You can dig in like Chris Christie at a HomeTown Buffet, or you could treat the situation like you would if you'd put Star Wars wallpaper up in the kitchen - 'All right, I got caught up, I was excited, I made a mistake, and now it needs to go.' Well, now he does need to go, so it's time for - especially you who voted for him, to tell him to go". The driver of the auto is a murderer.