Trump to "Fake News": What About The Alt-Left That Came Charging At The Alt-Right? Do They Have Any Guilt?

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President Trump held a press conference about infrastructure reform proposal that turned contentious after the media questioned him about the two statements he delivered on the violence in Charlottesville.

Watch the entire press conference after the transcript.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?" Trump asked.

"What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do," he said.

"I'm not finished. I'm not finished, fake news," Trump said as he continued to speak to the press.

"I will tell you something. I watch this very closely. Much more closely than you people watched it. And

He said "there's blame on both sides," and that if the media were honest with themselves they would agree. The president also said there were people on the left that were "very, very violent," and "nobody wants to say it."

"I do think there's blame on both sides," Trump said. "You look at both sides -- I think there's blame on both sides and I have no doubt about it and you don't have any doubt about it either. And if you reported it accurately, you would say."

Trump said he delivered a "fine statement" on Saturday before everything was known. He said the second statement on Monday was given "with knowledge."

"We still don't know things," he added.

REPORTER: [John McCain] said the alt-right is behind these attacks and he linked that same group to those who perpetrated the attacks in Charlottesville. Do you --

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I don't know. I can't tell you. I'm sure Senator McCain must know what he's talking about. But, when you say the alt-right, define alt-right to me. You define it.

REPORTER: Well, I'm saying as Senator --

TRUMP: No, define it for me. Come on. Let's go. Define it.

REPORTER: Senator McCain defined them as the same groups [inaudible]

TRUMP: What about the alt-left that came charging at them? Excuse me, what about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? ...

Let me ask you this. What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day -- wait a minute. I'm not finished. I'm not finished, fake news. That was a horrible day...

I will tell you something. I watch this very closely. Much more closely than you people watched it. And you have -- you had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that. But I'll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent. Nobody wants to say it.


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