A very small portion of registered voters agrees with President Donald Trump’s comments that “many sides” contributed to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., according to a poll released Wednesday morning.
Thirty-six percent of all voters say that both members of the alt-right and Antifa-led protesters contributed to the violence, compared to 43 percent who blamed the white nationalists. Only 9 percent blamed the protesters for the violence, according to a poll published by Morning Consult.
Not surprisingly, 54 percent of all Republicans agreed that both sides of the fight contributed to the rioting that left 19 injured and 1 dead on the streets in Charlottesville. Only 17 percent of Democrats agreed.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides,” the president said immediately after the riots. He doubled down on those statements during Tuesday’s speech in Arizona, claiming that he mentioned the KKK, as well as the Antifa movement in response to the Trump administration.
“I hit ’em with neo-Nazi, I hit ’em with everything. KKK? We have KKK. I got ’em all,” Trump said Tuesday night.
Both sides of the fight came prepared with makeshift riot gear, as well as homemade smoke bombs and pepper spray, but some attendees argued that talking about violence on both sides somehow ignored the racism displayed by the white nationalists.
“Trump saying people on both sides are to blame was the last straw,” Eva Spivey of Arizona told CNN. “Racism is a one-sided thing.”
Morning Consult surveyed 1,987 registered voters from Aug. 17 through Aug. 19. The poll carried a margin of error of 2 percentage points in either direction.
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