Fox News‘ Shep Smith opened up his show Wednesday with a monologue on how both sides can agree on one thing, that Donald Trump‘s press conference about Charlottesville was indefensible. At the press conference he said that there was “blame on both sides,” that both sides had “very fine people,” and “You had many people in that group other than Neo-Nazis and white nationalists.”
The violence in Charlottesville resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, and spawned from a violent “Unite the Right” protest that alt-right/white-supremacist took control of to further their nationalistic agenda. This resulted in an extremist driving his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others.
Smith started his show saying Trump is bringing together Americans, but not in the way he intended.
“Now many Republicans and Democrats are now uniting in their criticism of the President of the United States, after his reprehensible comments about Charlottesville. Comments in which he blamed both sides for the violence of the Nazis and the KKK. Comments which a former Ku Klux Klan leader praised. Now some of the presidents own party are lining up to place blame where they say it actually belongs, on the white supremacists and the Neo-Nazis.”
Smith continued his show by playing the clip of Trump at the press conference saying, “You had some very bad people in this group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.” Smith comes back on screen to announce in a very deadpan way that, “So far we’ve been unable to find the very fine people protesting with the white supremacists.” Smith then played the VICE documentary of the rally, saying “Watch their actions, and hear their hate.”
Smith continued to dissect both the rally and the president’s statements, and included backlash from even Republicans on what he said. He also drew attention to former KKK leader David Duke‘s tweet thanking the president for his comments.
“An American president has done nothing like that in generations, and today the pressure is on from all segments of our society,” Smith finished with.
Watch the video above, via Fox News.
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