US President Donald Trump has been praised by conservative commentators and right-wing supporters online after condemning anti-racism protesters, as well as white supremacists, for clashes in the state of Virginia over the weekend.
After explicitly condemning right-wing racist groups yesterday for the violence in Charlottesville, the US President backtracked and today accused the “alt-left” of “charging with clubs in their hands, swinging”, putting the blame on both sides.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter applauded Mr Trump for being the “first person I’ve seen speaking the truth on TV in 3 days”.
“We were Gideon’s army without Gideon. Today, we got our leader back!” she wrote on Twitter.
Ann Coulter: .@realDonaldTrump is the first person I’ve seen speaking the truth on TV in 3 days. It’s our Fighting Trump!
During Mr Trump’s heated press conference, he said he had condemned “many different groups” but said not all of those were neo-Nazis or white supremacists.
“Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue of Robert E Lee,” he said.
Several supporters thanked the President on Twitter for condemning left-wing “thugs” and telling the “truth” about what happened during the protests.
“Best moment in the last six months. Our President is back!” wrote one user.
Baked Alaska: President Trump is right! One side had a permit to speak, one side charged with clubs & weapons! Look at the facts people
Molly Martinez: President Trump is absolutely on fire! Just WOW! I am so proud of him. Called out the Alt-Left too. 100% presidential. #MAGA
The weekend rally was organised by right-wing Charlottesville blogger Jason Kessler to protest against the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee.
The white supremacists were met by a nearly equal number of counter-protesters.
Violence broke out between the two groups, and a woman was killed when a car ploughed into a group of anti-racism protesters.
The President came under fire for failing to immediately condemn white supremacists in the wake of the attack, but told reporters in the latest press conference on the clashes that it was “very important” for him to get the facts before making a statement.
“I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people [the media] watched it,” he said.
“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.”
J Burton: Fantastic news. We didn’t elect a bunch of gutless DC bureaucrats to run this country. We elected Donald Trump to run this country.
Four business leaders have resigned from a presidential advisory panel in protest against Mr Trump’s handling of the violence.
After his initial comments that also blamed “many sides” for the violence, Democrats and Republicans called him to specifically denounce white supremacy and racially motivated hate.
“Mr President — we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism,” Republican Cory Gardner tweeted.