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Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger Denounce Nazis in the Way Trump Has Failed to Do

http://time.com/4906106/arnold-schwarzenegger-white-supremecists-nazi-trump/

Former California Governor and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger has ripped into Trump’s failure to unequivocally condemn white supremacist groups.

“There are not two sides to bigotry, there are not two sides to hatred,” Schwarzenegger says in a video posted to Twitter by California-based ATTN: “If you choose to march with a flag that symbolizes the slaughter of millions of people, there are not two sides.”

The former Terminator then makes the sort of speech he says the U.S. president should have delivered. “The country that defeated Hitler’s army is no place for Nazi flags,” it goes.

Later in the clip, Schwarzenegger describes growing up in Austria shortly after the Second World War. He talks of Nazism as a losing, shameful ideology and of broken men “who came home from the war filled with shrapnel and guilt.”

Watch the video here:

 

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Fox CEO James Murdoch criticizes Trump over response to Charlottesville

James Murdoch, chief executive of Fox News’ parent company, became the latest corporate leader to blast President Trump over his response to the recent racially charged attack in Charlottesville, Va.

“[W]hat we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the president of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people,” Murdoch wrote in an email letter to friends. “These events remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation — a necessary discipline for the preservation of our way of life and our ideals.”

Murdoch’s letter was noteworthy because of his company’s ownership of the conservative Fox News Channel, which is one of Trump’s favorite news sources. Fox News has been a staunch defender of Trump’s presidency. In addition, Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch’s 86-year-old father and the company’s founder, has become an informal advisor to the president.

“I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so,” Murdoch wrote.

His missive comes in the wake of several other CEOs quitting Trump’s business councils and publicly admonishing him for not taking a tougher stand against extremism.

Trump was widely criticized for blaming “both sides” in the deadly violence that followed a Friday night march in which some white nationalists chanted anti-Jewish statements. Murdoch said that he and his wife, Kathryn, had made a $1-million donation to the Anti-Defamation League.

Resignations from Trump’s business councils began on Monday and snowballed until Trump said he was disbanding the manufacturing and economic advisory councils Wednesday morning. Many of the executives cited their personal beliefs — and not just business reasons — as the impetus for their action.

Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. and one of corporate America’s leading black executives, was the first to quit on Monday.

“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Frazier said. “As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

Management and brand experts said the business leaders were trying to distance themselves and their companies from Trump.

“There’s not enough spin in the world to justify [Trump’s] position on this,” Marlene Towns, a professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, told The Times on Wednesday.

“Generally, it’s a bad idea to align your brand with the KKK and white nationalists. You don’t need a PhD in marketing to arrive at that conclusion,” she added.

Murdoch’s position continues a generational change at 21st Century Fox. It was James Murdoch and his older brother, Lachlan Murdoch, who serves as co-chairman of Fox and sister company News Corp., who pressed for the firing of Roger Ailes, the once-powerful founder and architect of Fox News, in July 2016 amid allegations of widespread sexual harassment at the news unit. (Ailes died in May.)

Full text of the letter sent by James Murdoch:

Friends,

I’m writing to you in a personal capacity, as a concerned citizen and a father. It has not been my habit to widely offer running commentary on current affairs, nor to presume to weigh in on the events of a given day save those that might be of particular or specific concern to 21CF and my colleagues. But what we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the President of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people.

These events remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation — a necessary discipline for the preservation of our way of life and our ideals. The presence of hate in our society was appallingly laid bare as we watched swastikas brandished on the streets of Charlottesville and acts of brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob. I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.

Diverse storytellers, and stories, can make a difference, and that diversity, around the world, is a crucial strength and an animating force in my business. Often times not everyone agrees with the stories and positions that emerge from this, and that can be difficult. Certainly no company can be perfect. But I’m proud of the powerful art that can emerge, and I’m grateful to all of my colleagues who make this happen.

From the potent and compelling narrative of “12 Years a Slave”, to the streets of Pakistan and the bravery of an extraordinary young woman that we saw in “He Named Me Malala”, to name just a few, we’ve never been afraid to help storytellers and artists say important things – hard things, too. To further demonstrate our commitment, Kathryn and I are donating 1 million dollars to the Anti-Defamation League, and I encourage you to give what you think is right as well. We hardly ever talk about our charitable giving, but in this case I wanted to tell you and encourage you to be generous too.

Many of you are supporters of the Anti-Defamation League already — now is a great time to give more. The ADL is an extraordinary force for vigilance and strength in the face of bigotry — you can learn more here:

https://www.adl.org.

My very best to you and with all my gratitude,

JRM

ISRAELI MINISTER: RELATIONS WITH TRUMP ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN CALLING OUT NAZIS

 

Israel must condemn Nazis but relations with US President Donald Trump are more important, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara, who lately has been one of the ministers closest to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Netanyahu has faced criticism for not saying anything about what police said was a deliberate car-ramming into a group of people engaged in a counterprotest to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, until Tuesday, when he tweeted that he was “outraged by expressions of antisemitism, neo-Nazism and racism” and that “everyone should oppose this hatred.”

The prime minister has not commented on the issue since Trump reignited controversy on Tuesday when he blamed both sides for the violence in Charlottesville. But Kara, who sat next to Netanyahu at last week’s mass Likud rally at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, said Israel must defend Trump.

“Due to the terrific relations with the US, we need to put the declarations about the Nazis in the proper proportion,” Kara said. “We need to condemn antisemitism and any trace of Nazism, and I will do what I can as a minister to stop its spread. But Trump is the best US leader Israel has ever had. His relations with the prime minister of Israel are wonderful, and after enduring the terrible years of Obama, Trump is the unquestioned leader of the free world, and we must not accept anyone harming him.”

Kara praised Trump for having “a proven track record in opposing antisemitism and religious extremism.”

The statements by Kara, who made similar comments on the Knesset Channel, were immediately condemned by Knesset members.

“What Kara said was nonsense,” said Zionist Union MK Nachman Shai, who heads the Knesset caucus on strengthening relations with the US.

“Our relations with the US and with the president are important, but Israel also has a deep obligation to the American Jewish community. This is the time to prove our shared values and make unequivocally clear that Israel will fight antisemitism at any time and any place.”

Zionist Union MK Erel Margalit said, “Kara, Netanyahu and their government lost their way: Israel has to condemn Nazis, period, and it should insist that the US president and the administration should condemn Nazis and any form of antisemitism categorically and unequivocally.

Let us lead with moral conviction, not follow those who supported the racist!” Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-On said that “because Trump paid lip service to the settlement enterprise, Netanyahu has made him into the messiah and has forgiven him for even the most shocking, homophobic, racist, and even antisemitic statements.”

Anti-Israel activists on social media used Kara’s statement to criticize the Jewish state.

Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah wrote: “Israel wants to make sure not to alienate its white supremacist (Nazi) allies. Zionism is toxic.”

Without connection to Kara, Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis, a former Netanyahu spokesman, wrote on Facebook Thursday that “Nazis and neo-Nazis are a nauseating phenomenon that is dangerous and must not be tolerated in the US or anywhere else in the world.”

Republican Jewish Coalition calls for ‘greater moral clarity’ from Trump

WASHINGTON — The Republican Jewish Coalition implored US President Donald Trump on Wednesday to “provide greater moral clarity” against bigotry, racism and anti-Semitism following his comments blaming “both sides” for deadly violence at a far-right rally in Virginia.

The group, long an engine of support for the president that has defended him on issues pertaining to Israel and the Jews, was responding to a press conference Trump gave on Tuesday in which he said “some very fine people” were marching with the white supremacists at the Charlottesville event.

“The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are dangerous anti-Semites,” RJC Chairman Norm Coleman and Executive Director Matt Brooks said in a statement. “There are no good Nazis and no good members of the Klan.”

“We join with our political and religious brethren in calling upon President Trump to provide greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism,” the statement continued.

Former US Senator Norm Coleman (Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons)

On Saturday, after a 20-year-old man described as an admirer of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, rammed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring at least 19 others. Trump intially said “many sides” were at fault, while pointedly declining to mention the racist hate groups that had organized the rally.

Two days later he eventually did so, calling out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis who played an outsized role in the demonstration protesting the city’s plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

But come Tuesday he doubled down on his original assessment and apportioned equal blame to the white supremacists and the counter-protesters.

“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,” he said.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Shortly after Trump made those remarks — during a press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York — former grand wizard of the KKK David Duke thanked the presidentin a tweet for “his honesty and courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville.”

Trump’s Tuesday comments were swiftly repudiated by numerous Republican leaders, including former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, former Massachusetts govenor Mitt Romney, Senator John McCain and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, among others.

“No, not the same,” Romney tweeted Tuesday night. “One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.”

One Jewish Republican, however, defended Trump’s response to the Charlottesville episodes, while simultaneously stressing there was no equivalence between the white supremacists and their opponents.

“These two sides are not equal,” Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York told The Times of Israel in a statement: “I would add though that it is not right to suggest that President Trump is wrong for acknowledging the fact that criminals on both sides showed up for the purpose of being violent. That particular observation is completely true.”

Zeldin, for his part, nequivocally condemned the hate groups that orchestrated and participated in Saturday’s rally.

“Anyone associating themselves with the KKK and Nazism is associating themselves with hatred, bigotry, racism, intolerance and a tremendously inhumane past filled with horrible evil,” he said, adding that their “violent acts inspired by deep hatred are disgusting, un-American, and unwelcome in our great nation.

Torch-wielding white supremacists march at the University of Virginia on August 11, 2017 (Screen Capture/ YouTube)

In their Wednesday statement, the leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition took a similar tone and cited the history of the party as a lodestar for their denunciation of what happened in Charlottesville.

“As representatives of the party whose founder, Abraham Lincoln, broke the shackles of slavery, and of an organization with many members who experienced firsthand the inhumanity of the Nazi Holocaust, we state unequivocally our rejection of these hatemongers,” they said.

Jewish congressman: Trump’s Charlottesville reaction invites ‘repeat actions’

WASHINGTON — Jamie Raskin was not at all surprised to see such vile sentiments expressed over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white nationalist rally took a violent and deadly turn.

“As a Jewish member of Congress you get treated to a cornucopia of extremist and anti-Semitic social media correspondence,” he told The Times of Israel in an interview. “I knew it was out there. The only amazing thing about the rally was that the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who showed up mostly did not bother to mask their identity.”

That was a sign to Raskin, a first-term congressman from Maryland, of a fringe element in American society that now feels emboldened to lash out in greater force than it has in decades.

But perhaps even more jarring for him was the reaction of US President Donald Trump, who, on multiple occasions since, has sought to equate the white nationalists with those who oppose them.

“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,” Trump said in the gilded lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, adding that there were also “very fine people on both sides.”

A signal, Raskin believes, has been sent. “The brazen assertion of moral equivalence between the two sides is a direct invitation to more neo-Nazi assembly,” he said.

This file photo taken on August 15, 2017, shows US President Donald Trump speaking to the press at Trump Tower in New York. (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

“The problem with all of the president’s signals and then ear-piercing dog whistles is that it now invites repeat actions all over the country,” he went on. “David Duke and company are now set to stage fascist rallies in a neighborhood theater near you.”

Indeed, the so-called alt-right — a loose collection of far-right groups, including neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others — has rallies planned for at least nine American cities this Saturday.

Meanwhile, Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, has not been shy celebrating the president’s admonishment of the counter-protesters. In a tweet shortly after Trump’s now-infamous press conference on Tuesday, he thanked him for “his honesty and courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville.”

Trump’s first response on Saturday, after a 20-year-old man rammed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring at least 19 others, was to say “many sides” were at fault, while pointedly declining to even mention the racist hate groups that had organized the rally.

A white nationalist demonstrator walks into Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Two days later, he grudgingly did so, calling out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, who played an outsize role in the demonstration, by name. But come Tuesday he doubled down on his original assessment and allocated equal blame to “both sides.”

Raskin, whose sister lives in Charlottesville, said that Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally, which was to protest the city’s plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, was the product of long-simmering discontent the president has galvanized.

“Donald Trump has been stoking white grievance and resentment for years now and what we saw in Charlottesville was a boiling cauldron of klansmen, skinheads, neo-Nazis and angry white nationalists,” Raskin said.

“This was the densest concentration of people who got the Steve Bannon message in the 2016 campaign,” he added, referring to the White House chief strategist, who used to run Breitbart News, an outlet that he himself once called “the platform of the alt-right.”

“Obviously, wherever fascists go, they’re going to attract huge numbers of non-violent protesters, but also some people who are driven to try to crush them,” he said. The neo-Nazis understand that perfectly well.”

“If they keep staging rallies like this, replete with violent altercations, and the president’s response is to place a gentle pox on both their houses, then it gives aid and comfort to the spread of more fascist ideas and gatherings.”

Jewish authors join chorus of condemnation against Trump’s ‘moral equivalency’

Authors Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, and Nathan Englander joined the growing number of Jews vocally criticizing President Donald Trump for equating the alt-right and white supremacists with counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Responding to the violence that occurred this past Saturday causing the death of one counter protester and the injury of dozens more, Trump said that the alt-right mob contained some “very fine people” and that “both sides” were responsible. The group was protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, who fought to secede from the union and preserve slavery during the Civil War.

Throngs of self-identified white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched towards the monument chanting slogans including, “Jews will not replace us.” Representatives for several alt-right organizations took advantage of the occasion to rail against Jewish manipulation of the media and government.

Trump’s response has received strong bipartisan condemnation from both within and without the Jewish community, including from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who said that white supremacy is “repulsive,” and that “there can be no moral ambiguity.”

Chabon and Waldman’s joint letter chided Jews who have supported the President’s “long and appalling record of racist statements, at worst assenting to them, at best dismissing them as the empty blandishments of a huckster at work.”

“You have tried to allay or dismiss your fears with the knowledge that most of the President’s hateful words and actions… have targeted other people,” the letter said. “Now he’s coming after you.”

Christopher Cantwell, speaker for Unite the Right, shows off his weapons in this screenshot from Vice documentary 'Charlottesville: Race and Terror,' screened August 14, 2017. (Screenshot)

Jewish leaders have been speaking out with increasing urgency as neo-Nazi groups seek to flex their muscles and gather momentum under the perceived endorsement – or at least lack of censure – from Trump.

In another open letter, David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, wrote that Trump’s moral equivalency was “shameful,” and decried “the delayed, hesitant and contradictory reaction of our nation’s leader, when precisely the opposite response is so desperately needed.”

Englander described the anti-Semitism he experienced during his childhood and the notable absence of it today – until the surprising violence Saturday that led to Heather Heyer’s death.

“I understood that, in my 40s, I was already part of history,” he wrote. “That certain things I knew didn’t need to be known anymore. And yet… in one single day in Charlottesville, Virginia, all of that is lost.”

Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about  & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/897554574663442432 

Not all involved have been critical of Trump’s response. Former KKK Grandmaster David Duke thanked the president in a tweet this past Tuesday for his “honesty” and “courage” in condemning the “leftist terrorists” who confronted the neo-Nazi torch bearers.

18 Jewish House Democrats call on Trump to ‘stand up to hate’

Eighteen Jewish Democrats in the US House of Representatives called on US President Donald Trump to “consistently and unequivocally fight against racists and anti-Semites” in the aftermath of the deadly far-right rally in Charlottesville.

“We are deeply troubled by your statement blaming ‘both sides’ for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia,” said the letter sent Thursday and spearheaded by Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich.

“Your statements show a deep misunderstanding of history and a fundamental lack of moral compass. As the leader of our nation, it is incumbent upon you to stand up to hate, not to provide legitimacy to those who violently perpetrate it.”

Trump in the wake of the car ramming Saturday by an alleged neo-Nazi that killed a Charlottesville resident condemned neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists, but also said “many sides” were responsible for the violence and said there were “very fine people” on both sides.

Far-right groups converged on Charlottesville last weekend to protest the city’s planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Some rally participants bore Nazi flags and shouted racist and anti-Jewish slogans, with no visible objections by fellow protesters. There were a number of skirmishes between protesters and counterprotesters.

“In the strongest possible terms, we urge you to consistently and unequivocally fight against racists and anti-Semites,” the letter said. “Anything less is beneath the dignity of your office and the ideals of our great nation.”

There are 21 Democrats in the House who identify as Jewish and two Republicans.

Donald Trump Is Afraid of Steve Bannon, and That’s Why He Won’t Fire Him: Report (LOL….)

Steve Bannon has built a lucrative career as an outspoken advocate and defender of white male privilege, but his strategy of pandering to the nation’s inner nationalist-racist demon that helped Donald Trump win the presidency is increasingly becoming a problem for the administration.

So will the president finally boot Bannon from the White House?

According to some insiders, Trump is hesitant to kick out a man who is held in such high esteem among the president’s key constituency of alt-right supporters. Bannon headed the popular right-wing news site Breitbart before joining Trump’s presidential election campaign.

“The president obviously is very nervous and afraid of firing him,” a White House insider told Reuters. As Trump’s popularity tanks, he could be hesitant to alienate his hard-right base by firing one of their own.

On Tuesday, during a heated press conference where Trump offered unequivocal support to the swastika-waving nationalists that descended on Charlottesville last weekend, the president hinted at yet another White House shakeup.

“We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon,” Trump said during the event at Trump Tower in New York when asked about Bannon’s fate in the wake of widespread condemnation of the president’s response to the clashed in Charlottesville.

For months Bannon has jockeyed for influence against Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the president’s national security advisor and is said to have an acrimonious relationship with Jared Kushner, the president’s closest advisor and son-in-law.

The latest Gallup tracking poll shows Trump’s approval rating has dropped to 34 percent, down from 37 percent last week.

 

Angelo Young is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in the International Business Times, Salon, and the Arab News, among many other publications. 

Jewish Jackals Close in for the Trump Topple

http://www.renegadetribune.com/jackals-close-trump-topple/
By Thomas Müller of The New Nationalist

TNN has contended from the get go that Donald “Red Queen” Trump will be taken down as a role actor in a Trojan Horse operation. We also have stated numerous times that the “far right” would be set up for a major demonization attack.

The ultimate irony is that the final trigger for this was Trump’s fair and balanced statement about the troubles at Charlottesville. Incredibly after a year of non-stop red queening weirdness and setting up the country to be looted, suddenly the snakes in his own pit turned on Trump with righteous pontificating. Amazing. Once again you decide for yourselves where this one ranks among Trump’s bizarre streams of consciousness. Not very high is TNN’s verdict.

Among the parasite guildists to set the stage for the Trump end game was (((Jamie Dimon))) and the members of the President’s CEO Strategic and Policy Forum. They signalled their final outrage with Trump’s C-ville “racist” stance by disbanding. The parasite guild and lugenpresse are adopting all the antifa code words and smear script.

Cohn at left- “Disgusting I tell you, just disgusting.”

Talking head and empty suit (((Larry Summers))) came on CNBC with this little gem, “President Trump is endorsing white supremacists,  he is ‘uncomfortably close’ to white supremacists… our President is supporting racists”

Oy vey –  Ivanka’s rabbi “deeply troubled” by Trump’s Charlottesville’s remarks.

Trump advisor former vampire squid Goldman Sachs minion (((Gary Cohn))) was on stage rolling his eyes like a crocodile and “looking appalled” as Trump bantered about who was next on the replacement of history list- slave owners George Washington and Thomas Jefferson? (((Sources))) further confirmed ole Gary was disgusted.

Gary Cohn said to be deeply upset by last few days, per multiple sources. Not leaving admin but not happy

With the jackals closing in, Teflon Mike Pence called off his tour of Latin America to return to DC during this manufactured crisis and buildup to civil war.

Trump job approval falls to 35%. 

TNN has surmised Red Queen will say or tweet something to blow up the markets. It could be that is being arranged behind the scenes with or without the Red Queen. Hardly noticed in the faux outrage yesterday were statements from the Federal Reserve:

  • Warns Of “Elevated Vulnerabilities” From High Asset Prices
  • Balance sheet to begin reduction starting in September.

This article originally appeared on The New Nationalist and was republished here with permission.

Trump ‘Sad’ Over Removal of ‘Our Beautiful Statues’

WASHINGTON — Under fire for defending racist activist groups, President Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that he was “sad” to see United States’ history torn apart by the removal of “our beautiful statues and monuments,” echoing a popular refrain of white supremacist groups that oppose the removal of Confederate monuments.

Officials in several states have called for the removal of public monuments that have become symbols of the Confederacy.

The Twitter posts were the latest in his escalating remarks that critics contend validate white supremacist groups who led a bloody rally over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va. The proposed removal of a statute of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park in Charlottesville spurred the demonstrations.

Mr. Trump’s tweets came the morning after his personal lawyer forwardedan email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that painted Lee in glowing terms and echoed secessionist sentiment from the Civil War era.

On Saturday, the day of the protests, Mr. Trump did not condemn neo-Nazis or white supremacists in his public remarks about the violence, prompting criticism that his omission suggested support for the racist groups. An Ohio man with white supremacist ties is accused of driving his car into a crowd, killing one woman and injuring 19 other people.

Two days later, Mr. Trump bowed to pressure and said racism was “evil”and named racist organizations in his follow-up remarks about Charlottesville. But on Tuesday, Mr. Trump reverted to his initial public posture and blamed “both sides” for the violence.

Mr. Trump said many of those who opposed the statue’s removal were good people protesting the loss of their culture, and he questioned whether taking down statues of Lee could lead to monuments of Washington also being removed.

Most of the statues were erected in the 1890s, as Jim Crow laws were being established, and in the 1950s, during a period of Southern resistance to the civil rights movement.

On Thursday morning, Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, repeated his criticism of the president’s actions in a series of Twitter posts after Mr. Trump tweeted that Mr. Graham was “publicity seeking.”

“Because of the manner in which you have handled the Charlottesville tragedy you are now receiving praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country. For the sake of our Nation — as our President — please fix this,” Mr. Graham wrote on Twitter.