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“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred bigotry and violence on many sides,” the president said during a Saturday press conference. “On many sides.”
When asked to clarify what the president meant by “many sides,” a White House official said Trump “was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides. There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today.”
Trump did not respond when reporters asked whether the Charlottesville car crash was terrorism or if he denounced white nationalism.
The most recent incident came after torch-wielding white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus on Friday night. Friday and Saturday’s alt-right rallies were held to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.