With thousands protesting outside, President Trump spoke Tuesday night to supporters in Phoenix and forcefully defended his condemnations of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, accusing the "dishonest" media of falsely suggesting he had not denounced neo-Nazis and the KKK. Trump did not mention blaming "both sides" for the violence, which left one counter-protester dead, but he accused the news media of downplaying actions by anti-fascists in "helmets and the black masks." Trump accused journalists of "trying to take away our history and our heritage" by favoring calls to remove Confederate statues. He also said his border wall would go up "even if we have to close down our government," and suggested he would pardon Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff convicted of contempt of court.

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