A recent poll revealed how Americans feel about President Donald Trump’s comment that “both sides” are to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.
One person, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, died as a result of the clashes between white supremacist protesters and anti-fascist counterprotesters. Two Virginia State Police officers also died in a helicopter crash while responding to the violence.
White supremacists were protesting the city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
In response to the demonstrations, Trump condemned the violence, which he blamed on “both sides.” The comment sparked a fury of backlash among both Republicans and Democrats. The president’s critics said the comment was a dog whistle to white supremacist protesters.
White supremacist leader Richard Spencer tweeted Tuesday night that “Trump has never denounced the Alt-Right. Nor will he.”
Trump has never denounced the Alt-Right. Nor will he. #ArizonaTrumpRally
— Richard ☝🏻Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) August 23, 2017
According to a recent Morning Consult/Politico survey, the majority of Americans disagree with Trump that “both sides” were to blame.
“As you may know, a group of ‘white nationalist’ protesters recently organized a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent when one counterprotester was killed. Based on what you have seen, read, or heard, who do you blame most for the events in Charlottesville, Virginia?” respondents were asked in the survey.
Thirty-six percent of all respondents said that both sides were equally to blame, and 43 percent blamed white nationalist protesters. Just 9 percent blamed counterprotesters.
Among respondents who identified as Republican, 54 percent blamed both sides, 24 percent blamed white nationalists and 12 percent blamed counterprotesters.
Among Democrats, just 17 percent blamed both sides, while 64 percent blamed white nationalists. Only 6 percent of Democrats said they hold counterprotesters responsible for the violence in Charlottesville.
The survey was conducted Aug. 17-19 among 1,987 registered U.S. voters.
(H/T: Daily Caller)