On Tuesday, many Americans were left reeling after recent remarks made by President Donald Trump in the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
During a much-criticized press conference at New York’s Trump Tower on Tuesday, the president took back his Monday condemnation of the neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacists who gathered in a rally in Charlottesville that later led to the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman who was marching with counter-protesters.
“You had some very bad people in that group,” Trump said, referring to protesters, before adding: “You also had some very fine people on both sides.”
The president’s words echo his initial response to Saturday’s tragedy, in which he said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides ― on many sides.” The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi site, praised his comments as “good.”
Naturally, the president’s Tuesday statement made its way on to Twitter, where users had a field day with the quote and the meaning behind it.
Here are the best riffs on Trump’s troubling statement.