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Trump Repeats 'Both Sides' Comments After Meeting With Tim Scott

Trump Repeats 'Both Sides' Comments After Meeting With Tim Scott
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By    |   Thursday, 14 September 2017 05:09 PM

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he told Sen. Tim Scott that "you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side" in Charlottesville's deadly violence — repeating his initial comments — when they met at the White House on Wednesday.

"Especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you take a look at what's going on there, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also — and, essentially, that's what I said," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One while returning from visiting Florida.

"Now, because of what's happened since then with Antifa, what's happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people have actually written: 'Gee, Trump might have a point.'

"I said, 'You've got some very bad people on the other side also,' which is true," Trump said.

Scott, 51, South Carolina's first African-American senator and the only black Republican in the Senate, met with Trump Wednesday at the White House to discuss racial issues in light of Trump's Charlottesville remarks.

In his initial response to the white nationalist violence on Aug. 12 that killed one woman and injured 19 others, Trump blamed the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence" on "many sides, on many sides."

He doubled down on the comments the following Tuesday in a heated session with reporters at Trump Tower in New York.

Trump's remarks led Scott to slam him, saying that the president's "moral authority is compromised" — prompting Wednesday's meeting.

Trump said that he and Scott had "a great conversation" at the White House, while Scott told CBS News later Wednesday that he believed the president had "reflected" on his comments.

However, in response to Trump's Air Force One remarks, Scott told CNN that "this is who he has been.

"I didn't go into that meeting thinking he was going to change," Scott told correspondent Phil Mattingly at the Capitol. "I wanted to inform and educate.

"I think we accomplished that, but to assume immediately thereafter he's going to have an epiphany is unrealistic."

In a statement released via Twitter later Thursday, Scott's office said that "there is no realistic comparison" between white supremacist groups and Antifa. "Period."

"Antifa is bad and should be condemned, yes, but white supremacists have been killing and tormenting black Americans for centuries.

"There is no realistic comparison," the statement said. "Period.

"Senator Scott was very, very clear about the brutal history surrounding the white supremacist movement and their horrific treatment of black and other minority groups.

"Rome wasn't built in a day," the statement said, "and to expect the president's rhetoric to change based on one 30-minute conversation is unrealistic."

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he told Sen. Tim Scott that "you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side" in Charlottesville's deadly violence — repeating his initial comments — when they met at the White House on Wednesday.
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