Trump’s Press Conference Goes Off The Rails As He Defends Alt-Right Nazis (VIDEO)

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Saying that there were “very fine people” on “both sides” of the Charlotteville protests that turned violent last Saturday, Donald Trump stunned reporters at a press conference this afternoon by defending Confederate statues and condemning “the alt-left.”

That last phrase is a favorite of White House adviser Steve Bannon, whom Trump also defended as a “good man” being “treated unfairly” by the press. “He’s not a racist, I can tell you that,” Trump said of the man who gleefully turned Breitbart into “the platform of the alt-right.”

The event was meant to promote his infrastructure initiatives, but went off the rails as reporters asked questions about Charlottesville.

Trump reintroduced his controversial remarks from Saturday in which he blamed “many sides” after one his supporters drove a car into a crowd of peaceful protesters, ISIS terrorism-style, killing a 32 year-old woman and injuring nineteen other people.

“Everybody said [my] statement was beautiful,” he claimed, not naming former KKK leader David Duke.

To the delight of hate groups everywhere, the president declined to condemn the neo-Nazis and alt-righters that attacked counter-demonstrators with burning tiki torches, claiming instead that the other side “came charging with clubs in their hands.”

“You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent,” Trump opined. “I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides. I have no doubt about it.”

“Both sides” include “very fine people,” Trump said, thus implying that there are good Nazis and we should listen to what they have to say.

Making a whataboutist argument that is already familiar to anyone who has ever argued with apologists for the Confederacy, Trump tried to minimize the symbolism of Confederate monuments.

“George Washington was a slave owner,” Trump said, comparing the nation’s first president to Robert E. Lee . “So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? Are we going to take down his statue? He was a major slave owner.”

Get that? Men who owned slaves, and fought to create the United States, were exactly the same as men who fought to destroy the United States for the preservation of slavery eight decades later. It makes total sense as long as you think everything is its opposite.

Trump also refused to call James Fields “a terrorist” for his deadly rampage in Charlottesville. “Is it terrorism?” he burbled. “Then you get into legal semantics. The driver of the car is a murderer. What he did was a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing” — but not terrorism, apparently, because that’s something that only Muslims do.

Trump insulted reporters as dishonest “fake news,” then insisted that his plans for the economy will “have a tremendous positive impact on race relations.” If there are any racial tensions in America, he suggested, they must be the work of President Obama. Because no matter what happens, it is always the black president’s fault.

“This was like watching Eric Cartman give a press conference,” Susie Madrak writes at Crooks and Liars. Indeed, Trump delivered his clearest defense of white supremacy ever, turning the subtext of conservative politics into plain, shameless text. The dog whistles have become sirens that herald a terrifying new era of incipient fascism.

Here is video of the Trump Tower press conference. Watch, if you can stand it:

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