President Donald Trump once again blamed violence in Charlottesville, Virginia to both sides of the conflict, after White House aides tried to clean up his first initial response on Saturday.
“You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now.”
Trump’s comments drew different responses.
Former head of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, thanked the president for his honesty and condemns what he calls leftist terrorists.
For white supremacists, Richard Spencer called Trump’s response fair and down to earth, and blamed the police for Charlottesville.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter praised Trump, saying “We got our leader back,” while comparing him to biblical military leader, judge, and prophet Gideon.
Meanwhile. the President also received criticism from his fellow Republicans — including Senator John McCain, who Trump went on to blame for the derailment of the GOP healthcare bill.
McCain tweeted Trump should make clear there is no moral equivalency between racists and Americans standing up against hate.
Former Governor of Massachusetts and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney slammed Trump’s comments, saying that the president was wrong to infer that both sides were to blame.
Even one of the most recognizable figures on the planet, NBA superstar LeBron James tweeted that Trump made hate fashionable again.
Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama’s response to the attack in Charlottesville has become the most liked tweet in Twitter history.
The 44th president tweeted a quote from Nelson Mandela, which was split into three tweets. The first included a photo of him greeting children in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2011.
The tweet has been liked more than 2.8 million times — which surpassed Ariana Grande’s tweet following the terror attack at her concert in Manchester in May.