White Nationalists Empowered By President Trump’s Remarks On Charlottesville
Many white nationalists were thankful and empowered by President Trump’s comments during a press conference where he discussed the protests and violence in Charlottesville at a “Unite the Right” rally on August 12, 2017.
Trump stated the violence wasn’t just the fault of the neo-Nazis: the “alt-left”, is also responsible for “swinging clubs”. He also noted that there was “blame on both sides”, and “you had some very bad people in that group [neo-Nazis], but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”
Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke tweeted “Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa”
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) August 15, 2017