White supremacists and ex-KKK leader praise Donald Trump’s speech

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Donald Trump’s press conference where he said there were ‘very fine people’ on both sides in Charlottesville has been praised by far-right figures such as ex-KKK leader David Duke.

In his speech, Trump said, ‘I think there is blame on both sides,’ referring to the far-right activists and left-wing protesters who came to protest against their march.

Duke thanked the President for his ‘courage and honesty’ in ‘telling the truth’ about Charlottesville – describing counter-protestors as ‘leftist terrorists’.

Duke is a former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Other far-right figures such as Richard Spencer also praised Trump’s speech, saying he was telling the truth about the events.

James Fields is accused of killing one woman and injuring 19 others by driving his car into counter-protesters at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.

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By contrast, many within Trump’s own party were highly critical of the President’s speech, in which he said, ‘What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at, as you say, the ‘alt-right,’ do they have any semblance of guilt?.

‘What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs, do they have any problem? I think they do.’

‘You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now.’

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