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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Rasmussen Minute: Media Protests Trump's Response to Charlottesville

In the immediate aftermath of a rally organized by white supremacists in Virginia last week that ended in violent clashes with counter-protesters and one death, President Trump set off another firestorm when he denounced the "hatred" and "bigotry" on display but blamed "many sides" for the carnage.

Trump declared that racism is evil and specifically denounced the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists two days later, only to blame both sides, the "alt-left" and the "alt-right," yet again while answering questions at a press conference at Trump Tower shortly thereafter.

Media pundits described Trump's response as “cowardly,” “dangerous” and “morally disgraceful.” Some wondered if the president himself was a racist while others flat-out labeled him the "White Supremacist-in-Chief." Those spoken words--on both sides--are the subject of this week's Rasmussen Minute.