WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday revived his assertions that he thought there were “bad dudes” among the people who assembled to oppose a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.
Trump latest comments came one day after he met in private with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the Senate’s lone black Republican, at the White House. The two discussed the president’s past remarks blaming “many sides” for the violence and death around a Confederate statue.
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Recounting his conversation with Scott, Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday: “I think especially in light of the advent of antifa, if you look at what’s going on there, you know, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also. And essentially that’s what I said.”
“Antifa” is short for “anti-fascist,” an umbrella description for far-left-leaning militant groups.
Trump added that more and more people are starting to agree with him.
“A lot of people are saying — in fact a lot of people have actually written, ‘Gee Trump might have a point,'” Trump said. “I…
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