President Donald Trump held a rally on Aug. 23 in Phoenix, Arizona during which he took the opportunity to respond to criticism and repeat his promises to his base of supporters.
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He began with an attack on the “dishonest” media’s coverage of his response to Charlottesville, insisting that his response was “perfect” but relayed incorrectly by the media. Donald Trump repeated his statement about the violence in Charlottesville but in his repetition of the statement, he excluded the controversial part in which he condemned violence “on many sides.” Trump’s original statement was heavily criticized on both sides of the aisle for not fully condemning the white supremacist marchers.
He stated in Phoenix “So here’s what I said . . . here’s what I said on Saturday: . . . ‘’We condemn in the strongest, possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.’ That’s me speaking on Saturday.”
The full version of his statement on Saturday was “We condemn in the strongest, possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
Donald Trump repeated his campaign promises of building a wall on the United States and Mexico border, and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. He threatened a government shutdown over building the wall, stating “Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”
Without specifically naming John McCain, Trump criticized the Arizona Senator’s “no” vote which shut down Republicans’ most recent attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The rally was met with crowds of protesters who filled the streets and nearby parking garages.
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