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The White House says 'of course' Trump condemns 'white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi, and all extremist groups'

President Trump came under broad criticism this weekend for failing to explicitly denounce white nationalism while commenting on the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday. As outrage grew — including within the president's own party — the White House released a statement Sunday saying "of course" Trump meant all that stuff he didn't say:

In his original remarks, Trump condemned "in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence," adding, crucially, "on many sides, on many sides." For a deeper look at why Trump's words came up short, read this analysis from The Week's Simon Maloy.