Here are Trump’s remarks on the violence in Charlottesville

On a day when white nationalists marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and their planned rally escalated into violence that left one dead, President Donald Trump decided to go ahead with a press conference covering veterans’ healthcare. 

Before signing a bill, Trump did address the situation in Virginia. Earlier in the day he had tweeted about the violence, saying “Charlottesville sad!” 

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” Trump said from his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. He then repeated: “On many sides.” 

Many on Twitter had some responses to this tepid condemnation. 

“Above all else, we must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we’re proud of our country, we’re proud of who we are,” Trump said to end his commentary on Charlottesville. 

“So we want to get this situation straightened out in Charlottesville. And we want to study it, and we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen. My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens. But our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another.” 

CNN’s Stelter may be on to something there, though it seems like Trump would rather people forget about that line. A later tweet from his @RealDonaldTrump account features a version of the speech that conveniently omits the entire opening section:

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