President Trump hasn’t held a truly amazing, off-the-wall, shouty press conference since February, so he was overdue for another. Well, Trump did not disappoint while appearing at Trump Tower to talk about “infrastructure.”
Unfortunately for the president, no one really wanted to ask questions about that topic, so he fielded numerous inquiries about the Charlottesville violence and his botched response(s) — including his first, now-infamous “many sides” statement and one where he (days later) finally denounced Nazis and white supremacists. Surprise, Trump liked his first statement better! Watch him talk about it below, along with seven other WTF moments.
“It was a fine statement.” While explaining why (other than his own refusal) it took him a few days to utter the words “neo-Nazis” and “white supremacists,” Trump insisted that his initial statement was a fantastic one. He was, in his words, trying not to behave like other politicians and the media. “It takes a little while to get the facts,” he insisted while blaming both sides.
President Trump on the timing of his Charlottesville statements: “Making the statement when I made it was excellent” https://t.co/SIDuNsJ4xZ
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 15, 2017
“Who’s next, George Washington? Trump then (astoundingly) defended Nazis and white supremacists at Charlottesville by arguing that they only wanted to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. “You’re changing history, you’re changing culture,” Trump protested. “George Washington was a slave owner … are we going to take down statues of George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson, you like him?”
President Trump: George Washington was a slave owner. Are going to take down statues of George Washington? https://t.co/F72eiayurx
— CNN (@CNN) August 15, 2017
(And yes, former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke has already thanked Trump on Twitter for that one.)
“What about the alt-left?” Trump complained about the counterprotesters in Charlottesville while asking, “Do they have any semblance of guilt?” He feels that this “horrible, horrible day” was contributed to by the “problem” of the so-called alt-lefters: “What about the alt-left that came charging at us — excuse me — what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt right?” As a special bonus, he pointed into the crowd (at CNN’s Jim Acosta?) and snapped, “I’m not finished, fake news.”