Donald Trump gave a press conference on Tuesday, initially billed to be about manufacturing, but ended up morphing into a rambling defence of his slow condemnation of white supremacists in Charlottesville.
He then condemned counter protesters, drawing focus away from the man currently under investigation for allegedly driving a car into a crowd of counter demonstrators, injuring 19 and killing one 32 year old woman, Heather Meyer:
Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at [indiscernible] – excuse me – what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?
What about this? What about the fact that they came charging – 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.
I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it. And you had, 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.
He was later asked whether he would go to Charlottesville by reporters at the conference.
Did you know I own a house? It’s in Charlottesville, oh boy. It’s in Charlottesville, you’ll see.
He was asked whether he was referring to the Trump winery.
It’s a, it’s a, it is the winery.
I mean, I know a lot about Charlottesville. Charlottesville is a great place that's been very badly hurt over the last couple of days. I own – I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States. It’s in Charlottesville.
Reporters didn't take well to the advertising opportunity taken by the President in the middle of a critical press conference:
The winery in question said his claim that he owned the property was incorrect: