Trump just defended the Charlottesville white nationalists again - 2019-04-26
Speaking outside the White House on Friday morning, Trump told reporters that everyone knew when he said there were some "very fine people on both sides" in the clashes on the UVa campus, he was not defending the neo-Nazis and white nationalists who rallied with torches and led to the murder of Heather Heyer, a peaceful counterprotester. He was simply talking about Civil War enthusiasts.
"I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general," Trump said of the Confederate general in the Civil War, who fought to preserve slavery in the continental United States. "Whether you like it or not, he was one of the great generals. I've spoken to many generals here right at the White House and many people thought — of the generals — they think he was maybe their favorite general. People were there protesting the taking-down of the monument of Robert E. Lee."
Trump's remarks — given right before he set off for the NRA convention in Indianapolis — are in tacit response to former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign announcement video Thursday morning, which highlighted Trump's response to Charlottesville as a moral failing and the reason he (Biden) needs to run.