President Donald Trump is now blaming "both sides" for the violence that ensued over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"I think there is blame on both sides," Trump charged at reporters during a news conference Tuesday afternoon in the lobby of Trump Tower. "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," he continued. "Nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now."
"I didn't wait long. I didn't wait long. I wanted to make sure -- unlike most politicians -- that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement," he said. "The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement, but you don't make statements that direct until you know the facts. It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don't know the facts and it is a very, very important process to me. It is a very important statement."
"What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first."
This was his stance on Monday:
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It has been going on for a long time in our country -- not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America. We have so many incredible things happening in our country, so when I watch Charlottesville, to me it is very, very sad. No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we are proud of our country, we are proud of who we are. So we want to get this situation straightened out in Charlottesville and we want to study it, and we want to see what we are doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen."
Celebrities like Mandy Moore, Chris Evans and John Mayer were quick to bash the president for the backpedaling once again, and more Twitter reactions on are sure to pour in.
Bones can't be racist. Why do people say "he doesn't have a racist bone in his body". What about his brain, tongue and vocal cords?