It wasn't surprising that Trump initially responded by condemning hatred on "both sides."
And after being criticized for not explicitly denouncing the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and Nazis, Trump gave a scripted speech on Monday, August 14, to lessen the backlash.
"Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," he stated.
It doesn't end there, either. On Tuesday, August 15, he spoke at the Trump Tower in New York where he doubled down on his comments and reiterated that there was blame on both sides.
"I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides. You had a group on one side that was bad and a group on the other side that was very violent."
"What about the 'alt-left' that came charging at, as you say, the 'alt-right'? Do they have any semblance of guilt?" Trump said. "They came charging with clubs in their hands," he added. "You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it."
You can watch the video of his appearance here.
This *is* Trump we're talking about here.
By returning to his original defense and stating that "not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch," the president continues to perpetuate racism.
After his recent WTF-worthy statements, many have vocalized how they feel about Trump sympathizing with Nazis.
Here is what 10 Latinx celebs had to say:
3. America Ferrera
Ferrera opted to retweet powerful words and opinions from others she agreed with.
5. Selenis Leyva
Leyva retweeted a photo that's worth a thousand words.