Trump blames Charlottesville violence on both sides

Source: BBC

US President Donald Trump has again blamed both sides for the violent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one protester dead and others injured.In a statement on Monday, he had condemned white supremacists.But in New York on Tuesday he also blamed left-wing supporters for charging at the “alt-right”.His latest comments drew swift criticism, including from many in his Republican party.Many echoed Senator John McCain’s view: “There is no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate & bigotry”.The right-wing march had been organised to protest against the proposed removal of a statue of General Robert E Lee, who commanded the pro-slavery Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The event drew white supremacy groups.Violence broke out after they were confronted by anti-racism groups. A car ploughed into one group of anti-racism protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.

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