President Trump’s performance at a press conference today about the horrible events in Charlottesville over the weekend isn’t getting rave reviews. Not even at normally Trump-friendly Fox News.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 15, 2017
Fox News’s Kat Timpf slammed President Trump on Tuesday for his “disgusting” press conference in which he again blamed “both sides” for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend, stepping back from his direct condemnation of white supremacist groups a day earlier.
“It was one of the biggest messes I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe it happened,” said Timpf, a co-host of “The Fox News Specialists.”
“It is honestly crazy for me to have to comment on this right now because I’m still in the phase where I am wondering if it was actually real life — what I just watched.”
Timpf pointed out the obvious (to everyone but Trump) fact that denouncing a group of white supremacist Nazis shouldn’t be something that needs to be nuanced.
The Specialists co-host also went after Trump for saying that some protestors within the self-described pro-white crowd were not bad people, reasoning that some were there to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
“It shouldn’t be some kind of bold statement to say, ‘Yes, a gathering full of white supremacist Nazis doesn’t have good people in it.’ Those are all bad people, period. And the fact that that is controversial, makes me — I don’t know if I should laugh or — I have too much eye makeup on to start crying right now. It is disgusting,” Timpf said.
— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) August 15, 2017
My RedState colleague Andrea Ruth reported on the President’s press conference at Trump Tower earlier today. To sum it up, it didn’t go well. The President really has great difficulty with choosing the appropriate time to discuss certain things.
Never one to not be divisive, the president reiterated his comments from last week by pointing out the violence in Charlottesville was coming from both sides, between white supremacist rally-goers and those protesting it.
Some of the left wing counter protesters are known to be bad actors but when a neo-Nazi protest results in the violent murder of a counter protester, it is not the time to split blame evenly between the two parties.