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Trump signs resolution condemning hate groups

Trump signs resolution condemning hate groups

President Donald Trump on Thursday condemned the violence by the anti-fascist protest movement known as "antifa", saying their tactics around the country have proved him right for denouncing bad actors on both sides of the racially charged clashes with white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.

While urging Trump to "speak out against the hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy", the resolution also honored an anti-racism protester, who was killed after a neo-Nazi sympathizer intentionally drove a vehicle into a crowd on August 12 in downtown Charlottesville, a historic college town. The ensuing violence culminated in the death of anti-fascist demonstrator Heather Heyer, who was killed by a vehicle driven into the crowd. The two discussed the president's past remarks blaming "many sides" for the violence and death around a Confederate statue. "I said, 'You got some very bad people on the other side also, ' which is true". He told reporters on the Presidential Airplane what they had said: "I think, especially after the arrival of Antifas, if you pay attention to what's going on there, you know, there are also many bad guys on the other side, ".

"As Americans, we condemn the recent outbursts of violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, radicalism and racism in all their forms", Trump said in a statement announcing the signing of the document.

I remain curious, though, about the president's repeated use of the phrase "other side".

This is not the first time Trump's comments on Charlottesville contradicted a previous statement.

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"Rome wasn't built in a day, and to expect the president's rhetoric to change based on one 30-minute conversation is unrealistic", it said. He called on Americans to move forward "as one people" and "to rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans".

Trump seemed pleased by his discussion with Scott, but not convinced.

The president said that he got the point, Scott said. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Scott had not criticized Trump's response to Charlottesville but rather spoke about racial issues "in depth".

Perhaps the White House could offer some clarity on this.

"I believe he found it unsettling and challenging", Scott said. "Now we stand with him", the letter said.