US president protects far-right marchers and likens Confederate generals with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson

Donald Trump are again protected far-right protesters at the Charlottesville rally, saying they were not all neo-Nazis and white supremacists and laying the blame for the brutality equally on what he called the alt-left.

The observes made during a rowdy press conference in the hallway of Trump Tower in New York were Trumps latest switching in posture since Saturday, when the civil rights activist Heather Heyer succumbed after a white-hot patriot allegedly drove his auto into a crowd in the Virginian city.

The US president was ferociously criticized by failing to condemn white supremacists in his initial have responded to Charlottesville, where reference is accused the brutality on many backs. On Monday, after a chorus of dissatisfaction, he granted an apparently willing evidence deploring intolerance as evil.

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What happened at the Charlottesville demonstrates?

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What happened in Charlottesville on 12 August?

White nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest against a plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederacys top general in the American civil war.

Demonstrators chanted racist explanations, carried antisemitic signs and held torches during the Unite the Right rally, which was organised by white nationalist Jason Kessler.

The march was met by anti-fascist demonstrators, and some squabbles breaks out before James Fields, 20, allegedly ploughed a auto into a group of counter-demonstrators.

Civil claims activist Heather Heyer, 32, expired and others were injured. Fields has been charged with murder.

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But on Tuesday he reverted to drawing a moral equivalency between the far right and the counter-demonstrators.

Im not putting anybody on a moral airplane, he told. You had a group on one side and group on the other and they came here at each other with golf-clubs there is another side, you can call them the left, that returned violently criticizing the other group. You had parties that were very fine parties on both sides.

Not all those people were neo-Nazis , not all those people were white supremacists. Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the bronze of Robert E Lee. So this week, “its by” Robert E Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I meditate, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?

While all four beings were slaveholders, neither Washington nor Jefferson rebelled against the US in an attempt to protect the institution of bondage from federal interference.

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