'It Shows You How Dishonest They Are' Trump Says of the Media
At a campaign re-election rally in Phoenix Tuesday night Donald Trump lied to thousands of his most avid supporters about the remarks he made on the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month. How? By leaving out the worst part, the part where he went off-script and insisted there was violence "on many sides."
The President was roundly condemned by Democrats and Republicans after telling the nation on August 12, "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." He even repeated his "on many sides" remarks despite the murder of Heather Heyer just hours earlier that day.
But Tuesday night, Trump spent a large portion of his speech looking for support from rally attendees, and lamenting how the "fake news" media is unfair to him.
"They don't report the facts. Just like they don't want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence, and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the KKK," Trump complained.
"So here is my first statement when I heard about Charlottesville," Trump told the crowd. "I don't want to bore you with this, but it shows you how dishonest they are. And most of you know this anyway. So here's what I said really fast. Here's what I said on Saturday."
"We're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia," Trump said. "This is me speaking," he narrated.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. That's me speaking on Saturday. Right after the event."
Trump repeated his remarks to the audience as "proof" that he had said and done the right thing, but left out his "on many sides" remarks to so enraged the nation.
Trump went on to insist "The words were perfect."
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