Trump Blasts Amazon in Wednesday Tweet

By Susan Jones | August 16, 2017 | 7:47am EDT
President Donald Trump, flanked by some of his Cabinet, discusses what happened in Charlottesville. The August 15 news conference prompted a new round of fierce criticism at Trump's "moral authority," as some media outlets put it. (Photo from White House video)

( - As liberal media outlets erupted in Trump hatred Wednesday morning, Trump's first tweets of the day ignored the firestorm produced by his comments on Tuesday, when he said that "both sides" are to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.

(Eventually Trump addressed the controversy, not directly, but in a retweet.)

In his first tweet this morning, Trump wrote: "Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!"

And in his second tweet, Trump sent congratulations to Roy Moore and Luther Strange, the top Republican vote-getters in Tuesday's primary election in Alabama.

Meanwhile, fury at Trump rolled unrestrained on cable news outlets and across the nation's airwaves Wednesday morning.

At his news conference on Tuesday, Trump -- speaking about Charlottesville -- said, "Well, I do think there's blame -- yes, I think there's blame on both sides. You look at -- you look at both sides. I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it, and you don't have any doubt about it either."

Trump finally did address the controversy with a re-tweet from someone who wrote: "Watching MSM you would have no idea @realDonaldTrump clearly, unambiguously & repeatedly condemned the bigotry & violence in Charlottesville."

‘What about the alt-left?’

At Tuesday's news conference, Trump challenged a reporter to define the term "alt-right." Then Trump launched into the "alt-left":

"What about the alt-left that came charging at the -- as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?" Trump asked, referring to counter-protesters in Charlottesville.

"Let me ask you this. What about the fact they came charging -- that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I'm concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.

"Wait a minute, I'm not finished. I'm not finished, fake news. That was a horrible day..."

Trump continued: "I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it. And you have -- you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that, but I'll say it right now. You had a group -- you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent."

A reporter asked the president, "Do you think that the -- what you call the alt-left is the same as neo-Nazis?"

Trump responded:

Those people -- all of those people -- excuse me. I've condemned neo-Nazis. I've condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee.

So -- excuse me. And you take a look at some of the groups and you see -- and you'd know it if you were honest reporters, which in many cases you're not, but many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee.

So this week it's Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson's coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?

You know, you all -- you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop? But they were there to protest -- excuse me. You take a look, the night before, they were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee.

Trump said the question of statue removal should be left up to local towns, communities, or the federal government, depending on where the statue is located.

Another reporter asked Trump if he was putting "the alt-left and white supremacists on the same moral plane."

"I'm not putting anybody on a moral plane," Trump responded. "What I'm saying is this. You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible. And it was a horrible thing to watch.

“But there is another side. There was a group on this side, you can call them the left. You've just called them the left -- that came violently attacking the other group. So you can say what you want, but that's the way it is.”

Trump also inflamed his critics when he said there were "very bad people" in the white supremacist groups, "but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group -- excuse me, excuse me -- I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name."

Trump asked if statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would have to come down because they were slave-owners.

"So you know what?" he asked. "It's fine. You're changing history. You're changing culture. And you had people, and I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. OK?

“And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people, but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You've got -- you had a lot of bad -- you had a lot of bad people in the other group--"

A reporter asked Trump if he was suggesting that the press had treated white nationalists unfairly:

"No, no," Trump said. "There were people in that rally, and I looked the night before. If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I'm sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people -- neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them.

“But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know -- I don't know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn't have a permit.

“So, I only tell you this, there are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country."

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