Shortly after President Donald Trump doubled down on his initial “many sides” statement by blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville while also seeming to come to the defense of the alt-right, pundits and hosts on cable news were in absolute shock.
During a CNN panel discussion, senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson observed that it was apparent now that Trump’s amended statement on Monday where he condemned white nationalists was forced on him, and that today we heard what he really believes. And due to that, neo-Nazis and white supremacists are feeling heartened today.
“He is who we thought he was,” she noted. “He has problematic views on race. This is a country that is grappling with what it means that we have a president who doesn’t seem to think that his first instinct should be… to really denounce neo-Nazis and to say that he doesn’t want that support.”
Henderson added, “I think today neo-Nazis have found comfort in this president in a way they did on Saturday.”
As if to make that point, white nationalist David Duke sent out a tweet following the presser thanking the president for his “honesty” about the violence in Charlottesville.
She went on to say it will be very difficult for this president to unite the country that and that this is something that Republicans will need to figure out as it relates to their party.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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