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Prominent publication covers have this week criticised United States President Donald Trump's defence of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The President disparaged counterdemonstrators to the fascist rally in a press conference, claiming he didn't wait too long to condemn white supremacists:

I didn't wait long. I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long.

I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement.

He then proceeded to apportion blame onto counterprotesters.

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.

His press conference was widely condemned by both Republicans and Democrats.

It has gone down poorly in the media too, as the below covers demonstrate, directly portraying the President as encouraging far-right extremism.

The Economist:

An Economist editorial read:

Mr Trump is not a white supremacist. He repeated his criticism of neo-Nazis and spoke out against the murder of Heather Heyer.

Even so, his unsteady response contains a terrible message for Americans.

Far from being the saviour of the Republic, their president is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office.

The New Yorker:

Time:

Donald Trump is the least popular United States president for decades.

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