It took President Donald Trump two days to condemn by name neo-Nazis, the Klu Klux Klan and white supremacist groups involved in this weekend’s bloody clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.
It took him about half that time to reverse course.
“I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it,” Trump told reporters Tuesday during a terse, highly combative exchange about the deadly clashes Saturday at the “Unite the Right” rally.
“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” the President said. “No one wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.”
It was a moment that the President both seemed to want and to relish.
GOP Members of Congress Criticize Trump’s Comments: ‘We Should Never Hesitate To Call Out Hate’:
Members of Congress in President Donald Trump’s own party were among those lawmakers quick to criticize comments the President made in a news conference that laid blamed on both sides of protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent over the weekend.
Speaking to reporters at Trump Tower in New York City, Trump denounced the “alt-left” protesters who he said “came charging” at a group of white supremacist rally goers. The neo-Nazi group was initially in town to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.
Tweeting in response to Trump’s off-the-cuff remarks, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin called white supremacy “repulsive.”
Obama’s Charlottesville Tweet Is Most Liked In Twitter History:
Former President Barack Obama‘s tweet reacting to the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the most liked tweet ever on the social network.
Obama tweeted a quote from Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” Saturday that said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
London’s Big Ben To Fall Silent For Four Years:
Big Ben will fall silent next week for four years as “major conservation works” are carried out on the tower which houses the bell, UK Parliament announced Monday.
The chimes emanating from the bell, one of London’s most famous attractions, have kept time in the British capital for 157 years.
At noon on Monday, August 21, Big Ben will sound for the last time until 2021.
The repairs are estimated to cost around £29 million, or more than $42 million.
“Big Ben falling silent is a significant milestone in this crucial conservation project. This essential programme of works will safeguard the clock on a long term basis, as well as protecting and preserving its home,” Keeper of the Great Clock, Steve Jaggs, said in a statement.
Tearful Jimmy Fallon Gets Serious About Racism:
Jimmy Fallon wasn’t playing it for laughs with his monologue Monday night.
While acknowledging that “The Tonight Show” is not political, Fallon opened up about the clashes in Charlottesville between white nationalists and counterprotesters.
He said it was his “responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism.”
“What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, was just disgusting,” Fallon said. “I was watching the news like everyone else, and you’re seeing Nazi flags and torches and white supremacists and I was sick to my stomach.”