President Trump salutes American Legion during speech in Reno

President Trump salutes American Legion during speech in Reno

I don't know. But when 45 percent of Trump voters would prefer Jefferson Davis to be president against 20 percent who would prefer Barack Obama, that indicates a problem.

In that statement, which Trump uttered in the hours after the August 12 violence, the president said he condemned "in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides".

It was the last part of the quote, that "many sides" were responsible for the Charlottesville violence, that drew bipartisan rebukes for Trump equating neo-Nazis with those protesting against them.

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Trump has turned Flake into one of his biggest GOP targets in the Senate after the Grand Canyon State's junior senator opposed the GOP's Senate bill health care reform bills, all of which failed.

The former six-term sheriff garnered national attention as the chief steward of the country's most draconian anti-immigration laws. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. It's also not clear how the president plans to force Mexico to pay. What we have witnessed is a total eclipse of the facts: Someone who came out onstage and lied directly to the American people and left things out that he said in an attempt to rewrite history, especially when it comes to Charlottesville. Both are considering a primary run against Flake, who is up for re-election in 2018.

Trump, at a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, had defended his response to a deadly far right march in Virginia and condemned "dishonest" media coverage of his widely criticised remarks. You never heard them say that. "And now, we haven't mentioned any names, so now, everybody's happy".

And he wasn't done.

Trump went on to prove the media's dishonesty by reading his first official statement while leaving out the controversial "many sides" are to blame portion.

Then he quickly trained his ire on the media, shouting that he "openly called for healing unity and love" in the immediate aftermath and but the media misrepresented him.

"One vote away! I will not mention any names". I hit them with everything.

"I hit 'em with neo-Nazi, I hit 'em with everything ... KKK?"

"We're gonna get our wall", Trump said to applause. KKK, we have KKK. "I got 'em all".

During the rally, Donald Trump slammed both of the Arizona senators: John McCain and Jeff Flake.

"Now let me ask you, can it be any better than that, in all fairness?" Trump told the crowd that Democrats' chief aim is "total socialism". The subtler lie was the suggestion that only "the media" had an issue with his comments.

On Tuesday night, #Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of supporters in #Phoenix, Arizona.