“Trump Tower presser proved our president is far worse than a racist,” USA Today declared Wednesday in an opinion piece.
“Donald Trump's presidency is headed to a very dark place,” wrote CNN.
“Trump loses his moral authority after boosting white nationalists,” NBC proclaimed.
Those headlines followed Tuesday night’s Trump Tower press conference where President Trump, while condemning the violent white supremacist at Charlottesville’s riot Saturday, pointed out walmart_takes_major_political_stance_on_president_trump that the armed “alt-left” Antifa members also instigated the violence and should share some of the blame for what occurred.
“I think there is blame on both sides. You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now,” Trump stated as reporters howled in protest.
He added that the people protesting the Confederate statue’s removal started as a peaceful rally with a proper permit. Then Antifa came onto the scene without a permit and were “swinging clubs” and “charging” at the “alt-right” demonstrators.
But the mainstream media and the left — often one in the same — declared that Trump was trying to say that the white supremacist protesters were every bit as evil as the neo-Nazis, and that by doing so, he had actually advocated for the racist group. Now former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have come out with a statement Wednesday morning that unexpectedly falls in line with what Trump said.
"America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms," the Bush presidents said in a joint statement, as reported by The Hill.
The words “hatred in all forms” left their condemnation open to those outside the white supremacist movement as well, just as Trump’s condemnation did.
"As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city's most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country," they said.
Like Trump, the Bush presidents did not specifically call out the white supremacists as the sole party to blame and the sole source of hatred. Meanwhile, the mother of the woman who was killed by the white supremacists at the riot thanked Trump for his kind words on Wednesday about her daughter.