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Donald Trump on Tuesday attempted to defend white supremacist rallygoers in a speech, originally regarding manufacturing, which diverted a fair bit.

Trump attempted to blame both side, including the counterprotesters, 19 of whom were injured and one killed by when a car was driven into the crowd.

He also sought to defend the protesters attending Friday's rally, which has been widely condemned as a meeting of white supremacists:

No, no. There were people in that rally, and I looked the night before.

If you look, they were people protesting very quietly, the taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee.

I’m sure in that group there were some bad ones.

The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call ‘em.

But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know, I don't know if you know, but they had a permit.

The other group didn't have a permit.

So I only tell you this: there are two sides to a story.

I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment.

But there are two sides to the country.

Here's a reminder of how the protest went down:

Protesters bearing torches, some carrying Confederate and Nazi flags, chanted anti immigration and Nazi slogans such as:

You will not replace us. Jews will not replace us.

Blood and soil.

White Genocide.

White Lives Matter.

Sieg Heil.

Here's how they looked:

Skip to 40 seconds into the below Vice YouTube video for further footage:

Donald Trump came under wide-ranging condemnation for his press conference on Tuesday, the full transcript of which you can read on Politico.

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