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After delivering a wild press conference in which he slammed the “alt-left” and defended the “peaceful” white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville this weekend with weapons and torches, President Donald Trump touted his winery in the Virginia town.
Trump fielded a number of questions from journalists at Trump Tower Tuesday afternoon — during a press conference purportedly about infrastructure — regarding his equivocal response to Saturday’s terror attack in Charlottesville, in which a white supremacist plowed into a crowd of anti-Nazi protestors, killing one person and injuring 19 others.
Trump caved to intense public pressure in a statement made Monday when he explicitly condemned the violence of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, the KKK and other hate groups. But in the presser on Tuesday, he doubled down on his controversial comments from Saturday that there was “violence on many sides” — and also referred to the torch-bearing white supremacists assembled to protest the removal of confederate monuments as “peaceful.”
And then, on the way out of the presser, Trump was asked if he intended to visit Charlottesville in the aftermath of the attacks.
“I own a house in Charlottesville. Does anyone know I own a house in Charlottesville?” Trump president called out to reporters. “It is the winery.”
“Charlottesville is a great place that’s been very badly hurt over the last couple of days,” he continued, before taking the opportunity to brag about his winery. “I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States, it’s in Charlottesville.”
According to the winery’s website, “Trump Winery is a registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed or affiliated with Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization or any of their affiliates.”
Watch Trump plug his son’s winery above, via ABC News.
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