Is Donald Trump a Nazi Sympathizer?

Posted August 18, 2017

"Charlottesville violence was fueled by one side: white supremacists spreading racism, intolerance & intimidation".

After Trump's ridiculous defense of the so-called alt-right and white nationalists by claiming responsibility for the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia should also be laid at the feet of anti-Nazi protesters.

After initially blaming "many sides" for the violence, Trump had been persuaded by his aides - and reportedly by his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner - to condemn white extremists. His comments came a day after he bowed to overwhelming pressure to explicitly condemn the white supremacist groups. And you have - 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 right now.

President Donald Trump says he's disbanding two of his business advisory councils, focusing on manufacturing as well as strategy and policy.

According to the report, Stephen A Schwarzman, the CEO of the Blackstone Group on Wednesday morning organised a conference call with the members of president's Strategic and Policy Forum.

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THE FACTS: Mr Trump is correct.

The president also said: "I've condemned neo-Nazis". James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, of OH, has been arrested and charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and for failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in death.

The group was meant to advise Trump on various business/economic issues. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was among the most vocal, calling Trump's response "pathetic". And on Tuesday they tweeted that it was time to "re-up" their criticism.

Other leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, made forceful anti-racism statements - but steered clear of mentioning Trump and his comments. The internal tensions come as the party is preparing for the 2018 midterm elections, still unclear to what extent Trump can use his clout as president and fundraising power to help GOP candidates who, in turn, will be needed to advance his legislative agenda. He continued by saying the counter-protesters had "some fine people" but there were "a lot of bad people" among the counter-protesters.

"I think there's - it's nearly like a counterintuitive thing with him, as it relates to the media", former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Stephen Colbert on Monday's "Late Show".

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QUESTION: Can you tell us how you're feeling about your chief strategist, Mr. Bannon?

Colbert seemed dumbfounded by the notion that Trump's disdain for the media could drive him to take such an offensive and politically ill-advised stance.

Trump, however, did not rule out Bannon's departure from the West Wing, after The New York Times reported that media mogul Rupert Murdoch had urged him to dump the former head of ultra conservative outlet Breitbart News.

"America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy", he said in a statement.

She served as spokeswoman for Trump's presidential campaign and worked for years in public relations for the Trump Organization and his daughter's fashion and lifestyle brand.

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Trump has publicly praised Heyer, though, and tweeted Wednesday about her memorial service.