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Trump: "there is blame on both sides" for Charlottesville

Trump went off-topic during a press conference on infrastructure today, doubling-down on his "on many sides" comment after the violence in Charlottesville last weekend. "I think there is blame on both sides. I have no doubt about it and you don't have any doubt about it either."

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  • Trump said the "alt-left" is partially responsible for the weekend's violence, but argued "nobody wants to say that."
  • "I didn't wait too long" to condemn the KKK/white nationalists.
  • "I would say that's up to a local town community or the federal government" whether to remove a Robert E. Lee statue. He added, "George Washington was a slave owner, are we gonna take down his statues? Is it Thomas Jefferson next week? Where does it stop?"
  • "[Steve Bannon] is not a racist, I can tell you that. He's a good person. We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon."
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