Trump Clarifies Charlottesville Response: "Only People Giving A Platform To These Hate Groups Is The Media Itself"

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At a rally Tuesday night in Arizona, President Trump relitigated several controversies of the last few weeks and blamed the media for "fomenting" political and social divisions, arguing that news outlets give a platform to "hate groups."

"They don’t report the facts. Just like they don’t want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence, and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the KKK," Trump said at a rally in Phoenix, Ariz.

"We all share the same home, the same dreams, and the same hopes for a better future," the president said. "When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. It's time for all of us to remember that we are all on the same team. We are all Americans." "What happened at Charlottesville strikes at the core of America. This entire arena stands united" against "the thugs who perpetrate hatred and violence."

"When a wound is inflicted upon one member of our community, it's a wound inflicted upon us all... When one part of America hurts, we all hurt," he continued. "And when one American suffers an injustice, all of America suffers together. We are all together."

Trump read his original statements about the Charlottesville incident and made the case that the media took his words out of context.

"It's time to expose the crooked media deceptions, and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions and yes, by the way – and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage," he said.

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