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Charlottesville, Virginia / Rally Violence / Trump #1114747

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017
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(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced. Capitol Hill: Mary Bruce) The view expressed today by President Trump that there is blame on both sides in the demonstrations this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, featured. [In response to questions, TRUMP - says he did not want to make a statement without the facts; reads what he said on Saturday: "we condemn this egregious display of hatred...."; states he created a million jobs....; restates he wanted to see the facts; blames the "alt-left" as well as the alt-right; states not all of those people were neo-Nazis or white supremacists, but both sides had clubs: "blame on both sides."] The fallout from his initial remarks outlined on screen: five members of the manufacturing council leaving. The reaction to what Trump has said with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan quoted about bigotry & Democrat Chris Murphy also quoted & discussed.

(Studio: David Muir; White House: Cecilia Vega) The surprised reaction of the White House to Trump taking questions at the press conference & what he said about Steve Bannon discussed. [TRUMP - says Bannon came on later & I like him: he gets unfair press.]

(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.

(Charlottesville, Virginia: Eve Pilgrim) The support from the president for some of the demonstrators in Charlottesville & the issue of Confederate statues in the South that is energizing white nationalists in opposition examined; two David Duke tweets to Trump quoted; scenes shown from Durham, North Carolina, of a Confederate statue being pulled down. [TRUMP - says a lot of people were there protesting with a permit: there are two sides to the story in this horrible moment.] [White nationalist Matt HEIMBACH†- says the president has opened up a door.] [Durham County Sheriff Michael ANDREWS†- says we are pursuing felony charges.] Southern Poverty Law Center statistics on hate groups cited. [Former neo-Nazi Frank MEEINK†- says they are coming out due to the new administration.] The plans for more rallies discussed.

Muir, David;
Vega, Cecilia;
Pilgrim, Eve

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