Controversial white supremacist David Duke on Monday applauded President Donald Trump's comments that the "alt-left" had some blame to shoulder for the Charlottesville, Virginia attack.
Duke on Twitter wrote, "Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa."
Duke shared the update on social media mere minutes after Trump made his comments.
During a press conference about the Charlottesville attack, which was held in the lobby of New York City’s Trump Tower on Monday, Trump said, “I think there’s blame on both sides.”
“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,” Trump said. “I think there’s blame on both sides.”
When reporters asked the president about the violence from the “alt-right,” Trump fired back, “What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right?” He then asked, “Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.”
He added, “I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame object on both sides. You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides.”
The president continued his remark, musing over the removals of Confederate-era statues.
“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 said of the monument.
He continued, “George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down — excuse me — are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him. Good. Are we going to take down his statue? He was a major slave owner.”
Trump was then asked his point of view on the driver of the vehicle that plowed into a group of counter-protesters, and who killed a 32-year-old woman.
“I think the driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, his family and this country,” Trump responded. “You can call it terrorism. You can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want. I would just call it as the fastest one to come up with a good verdict. There is a question. Is it murder? Is it terrorism? Then you get into legal semantics.”