The event was advertised as something that was supposed to be about infrastructure, but it was obvious from the beginning that the president had any number of other things on his mind. It was just as obvious that the media was hoping to get a piece of him, to bait him. None of it worked. Trump appeared to enjoy every moment of the hostile back and forth. Moreover, he had three truths he wanted to communicate to the American people, and so that is exactly what he did and we are now a better country for it.
1. "Not all of those people were neo-Nazis."...
...In other words, Trump is breaking through the media narrative that instantly defines anyone opposed to tearing down confederate statues as a Nazi:2. "Are we going to take down statues to George Washington?" ...
Those people — all of those people — excuse me. I've condemned neo-Nazis. I've condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were White Supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee.
And you take a look at some of the groups and you see — and you'd know it if you were honest reporters, which in many cases you're not, but many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee.
3. "There was violence on both sides."
...This is, without question, the most important point the president made, and he made it repeatedly.Trump's taking hell for it, but he is doing the only moral thing — telling the truth.
Post-Charlottesville, the MSM's shameless propaganda push, their audacious and coordinated attempt to write the culpability of Antifa out of Saturday's riot is not only Orwellian, it is (and this is by design) dangerous....
Trump had 3 truths he wanted to communicate to the American people, & he did and we are now a better country for it https://t.co/81xb4GVIFe— slone (@slone) August 16, 2017
media can pretend the left's Taliban-ish crusade for historical purity is not real, but it is. Americans know it. https://t.co/INA8Exa2mE— Stan Arthur (@stanarthur) August 16, 2017