On Tuesday, after hours of bipartisan criticism of President Trump's comments at a raucous news conference suggesting that white nationalists and people protesting them shared blame for the violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, "Unite the Right" march, the White House sent congressional Republicans a list of talking points to defend Trump. The first point: "The president was entirely correct — both sides of the violence in Charlottesville acted inappropriately, and bear some responsibility." Lawmakers from both parties, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, took issue with Trump's moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and those opposed to them, and Trump's statement that some of the alt-right protesters are "very nice people." Along with the White House, Trump's comments received positive reviews from former KKK leader David Duke and alt-right organizer Richard Spencer.
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