One would never know it from the media coverage, but President Trump’s views on the Charlottesville violence are echoed by nearly half of Americans.
Trump has come under fire by critics and even those in his own party for blaming “both sides” for the deadly violence surrounding the white nationalist rally in Virginia last week.
From a Missouri State senator who declared, “I hope Trump is assassinated!” to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s call for Congress to censure the president over his remarks, the left has shredded Trump for what he has said – and even what he has not.
Even former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney jumped on the Trump-bashing bandwagon, demanding that the president admit he was wrong and apologize for statements.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 19, 2017
But it seems a combined 49 percent of Americans agree with the president, believing that both groups of protesters were “most responsible for the violence in Charlottesville” according to a SurveyMonkey poll conducted Thursday.
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) August 18, 2017
While 46 percent of American adults laid most of the blame on far-right groups, another 40 percent believed both groups were responsible, and 9 percent felt the counter-protesters were the ones most to blame for the violence which cost one woman her life when a car allegedly drove into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Most Republican voters also agreed with Trump, with 64 percent believing both groups were responsible for the violence while blame for one side or the other was similar. White nationalist protesters were seen as most responsible for the violence by 18 percent of Republicans, 17 percent blamed the counter-protesters.
— nancylee (@nancyleeca) August 19, 2017
You would never know that from all the media coverage. But as I said, people quietly agree while the media in their bubble think they dont
— Paulie (@NotoriousPablo2) August 19, 2017
A total of 46 percent of Independent Americans also thought both groups were guilty while 51 percent thought the white nationalists, who originally planned the rally to protest the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a small Virginia park, caused the violence.
Not surprisingly, 66 percent of polled Democrats thought the far-right groups were the most responsible for violence at the event, while only 6 percent thought the Antifa, anti-fascist demonstrators, were to blame. Twenty-four percent agreed with Trump that both groups were responsible.
— ChristieC733 🇺🇸 (@ChristieC733) August 19, 2017
I know I do. He condemned ALL hate groups & racism. It’s never good enough. They treat him so unfairly it’s sickening. Tick Tock, Libs⏰
— 🇺🇸StacyLStiles (@StacyLStiles) August 19, 2017
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