Connelly: Poll shows top-heavy disapproval of how Trump handled Charlottesville


As we mourn the death of Heather Heyer, murdered by a white supremacist at the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally on Saturday, and hope for the recovery of the dozens of other anti-racist counter-demonstrators injured that day, Donald Trump continues to fan the flames of hatred and bigotry he has nourished throughout his brief presidency.

In what amounted to a 77-minute presidential therapy session in front of thousands of supporters, Trump pulled out copies of three of his own speeches and rehashed what he'd said about white supremacists' gathering around a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

At the rally while explaining his intentions, President Trump omitted that in his first response, he'd said "many sides" were responsible for the violence.

On the question of whether Trump has been putting neo-Nazis and white supremacists on the same level as their opponents, 42% of respondents said yes and 35% said no. "Now that should teach us about bigots and haters who started out as small groups".

The president has contended there were people fomenting violence on both sides of the conflict in Charlottesville, which began with a demonstration by right-wing groups calling for preservation of a statue of the commander of Confederate armed forces - the rebel side in the American Civil War in the mid-19th century. "And yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and heritage". Senior U.S. officials said Trump's strategy may involve sending up to 3,900 more troops, with some deployments beginning nearly immediately.

In a reference to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who has vehemently opposed any changes to the filibuster rule for legislation, Trump said that "we have to speak to Mitch and we have to speak to everyone".

"If we don't, the Republicans will never get anything passed". "I'm not saying [Trump's] not pro-white people", Knowles said, "but I do think he went out there and he denounced both of the groups".

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"This is an attempt to discredit and ultimately dislodge Donald Trump from the White House", Huckabee told Fox Business Network.

Two Republicans who are openly considering primary campaigns against Flake next year were part of the pre-program at the rally.

"The words were ideal", Trump said. I think, you know what, I think we're the élites.

"Like CNN", he said, singling out the cable news company. Still angry about how his initial statement was covered, he told the crowd that he wanted to "show you how damned dishonest these people are".

Trump's boisterous showing appeared to be an attempt to fire up the political base that was the key to his election win past year.

Apart from the cultural and political rhetoric that will reverberate for days after the wild rally, Trump also appeared to make several policy interventions that will alarm U.S. partners and could send economic shockwaves around the world.

Throwing gasoline onto political controversies, Trump threatened to shut down the government unless Congress funds his border wall and all but promised a pardon for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt of court in a case related to racial profiling. Trump asked the crowd.