NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump accused the media of selectively quoting from his remarks about the race-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, to create a misimpression that he had not unequivocally denounced racist conduct.
AP Fact Checks show that the president then turned around and did the same thing himself: At a Tuesday night rally in Phoenix, the president re-read portions of his comments about the violence — but left out the specific phrase that generated all the controversy.
In that statement, which Trump uttered in the hours after the Aug. 12 violence, the president said he condemned “in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides.”
But when Trump read the statement again in Arizona, he left out “many sides.”
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