Trump still thinks there is nothing wrong with praising Nazis.
Trump lied about his defense of Nazis and claimed he responded "perfectly" on the issue.
As he left the White House on Friday morning to speak to his allies at the NRA, Trump was asked by a reporter about his comments on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
"If you look at what I said, you will see that that question was answered perfectly," Trump said.
Trump and his supporters have continually tried to lie about what he said after the neo-Nazis and white supremacists rioted in Charlottesville, and their riot turned deadly, killed anti-racist protester Heather Heyer. Asked about actions of the neo-Nazis, Trump said they were "very fine people" and blamed "both sides" for the violence.
From the transcript of the original exchange with reporters in 2017:
REPORTER: You said there was hatred and violence on both sides?
TRUMP: I do think there is blame – yes, I think there is blame on both sides. You look at, 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, and, and, and if you reported it accurately, you would say.
REPORTER: The neo-Nazis started this thing. They showed up in Charlottesville.
TRUMP: Excuse me, they didn't put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.
Trump's response to the tragic incident is only "perfect" to people who think it's acceptable for the president of the United States to praise Nazis.
As if to make his comments even more disgusting, Trump then took time to sing the praises of Confederate general and traitor Robert E. Lee.
"I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general — whether you like it or not, he was one of the great generals,” Trump said and insisted that many of the generals Trump speaks with at the White House today "think that maybe he was their favorite general."
Lee was a traitor to the United States, who fought for the illegal Confederate States of America in defense of enslaving black people. Lee and his army were roundly defeated by the legitimate United States government, led by President Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War.
"People were there protesting the taking down of the monument of Robert E. Lee. Everybody knows that," Trump concluded.
The white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville were marching in support of Lee, a man who defended the racist ideals they believe in.
And when Trump called them "very fine people," he made it clear he stands with them.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.