Almost immediately after Donald Trump condemned what he saw as the “many sides” to blame for today’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, reporters questioned what he meant by “many sides”.
The fact that Trump refused to express specific condemnation for the hate group at the center of these events, and instead blaming both sides was seen by critics as a “dog whistle” appealing to his racist base of support.
MSNBC’s White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson sought specific clarification from a White House official, which she then reported on Twitter:
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) August 12, 2017
“The president was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides,” adding “There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today.”
So, Trump will not be condemning the white supremacists who killed a young woman today and injured 19 others.
Trump says blame belongs "on many sides" amid deadly Klan violence in Virginia pic.twitter.com/OdpMvmVMh0
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 12, 2017