The president came under public scrutiny after not denouncing neo-Nazis following the Charlottesville tragedy.
President Donald Trump seemed to revert back to blaming both sides for the deadly Charlottesville white nationalists rally on Saturday reports the Associated Press.
Today he said from Trump Tower in New York, the groups protesting against the white supremacists were, “also very violent.”
He goes on to label the counter-protestors as “alt-left" reports AP.
Trump was criticized on Saturday for his lack of denouncement of neo-Nazis and white supremacists saying both sides were to blame, even after a car slammed into a counter protest crowd killing one person and injuring several others.
He somewhat amended that stance on Monday, saying, "Racism is evil -- and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,"
But today he appeared to double-down on his original statement with blame falling toward counter protestors too, “nobody wants to say that,” he added.
Former KKK leader David Duke applauded the president's statement in a Twitter post:
"Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa."