Trump Held His Most Problematic Press Conference Yet And Twitter Absolutely Exploded
In case you’re wondering how bad things have gotten for Donald Trump recently, the hashtag: #ImpeachTrump was trending worldwide yesterday night – and people seemed to really mean it …
So why have things gone south for Trump yet again? Well, it’s mostly because of that absolute catastrophe of a press conference that he gave on Tuesday evening. Before we get into that, however, here’s a run-down of everything that led up to this point:
Last Saturday, a large group of people gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue. The rally was allegedly made up of the alt-right, and included white supremacists, white nationalists, and members of the KKK, who were chanting in the streets.
It wasn’t long before they were met with opposition. A counter-protest was quickly organised, and the two groups eventually clashed – which is when a local state of emergency was declared.
Things took a deadly turn when one man from the alt-right group drove his car into a large group of people in the anti-racism protest. Videos of the violent act surfaced all over social media, providing clear evidence that the crime was committed with murderous intent. One woman – Heather Heyer – died from the attack, whilst nineteen others were confirmed to be seriously injured.
Shortly after this, Trump made a statement via Twitter. In it, he failed to specifically condemn the white nationalists, supremacists and members of the KKK who made up the members of the alt-right rally.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
“We ALL must be united and condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!” Trump tweeted.
Many people were angered by the President’s tweet, which, in contrast to the comments of other political figures, seemed rather minimal.
Bernie Sanders called the act “a reprehensible display of racism and hatred“, whilst Senator Cory Gardner labelled the act as “domestic terrorism“. Barack Obama made a post in which he quoted Nelson Mandela, which has now become the most liked tweet in the history of Twitter.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
It seemed like everyone knew that the crime was a racist one, apart from Donald Trump. So, after much persuading, he gave in and released a short follow-up statement on Monday:
“Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump reluctantly declared.
But things took a turn when, during a press conference on Tuesday evening, Trump was unable to stand by his statement.
When asked why he took two days to condemn the white nationalists, Trump said that he wanted to wait until he had all the facts. This seemed a bit odd to people, seeing as he’d never really “waited for the facts” before.
When asked whether the car attack was an act of terrorism, Trump did not specifically agree. “You can call it whatever you want […] Because there is a question. Is it murder? Is it terrorism?”
When asked if he felt the alt-right were to blame, Trump went on a rant that shocked everyone:
“What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at them? Excuse me […] Do they have any semblance of guilt? […] I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it. And you have — 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.
Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue …”
Trump also called the alt-right protesters ‘very fine people‘ and then casually mentioned that he owns a winery in Charlottesville.
The former leader of the KKK, David Duke, then thanked Trump for his comments.
It wasn’t long before the hashtag #ImpeachTrump was trending on Twitter. Take a look at what people had to say about the press conference down below:
Donald Trump has made his bed, but he can't sleep in it because some very fine people needed the white sheets.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 16, 2017
Barack Obama now has the most liked tweet of all time. If Donald Trump wants to break this record he need only tweet two words – I resign.
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) August 16, 2017
— Brian Zaléz (@Gonzalezbrian_) August 16, 2017
its funny how people are figuring out JUST NOW that Donald Trump is a dick, its not like he's been expertly hiding that shit all this time.
— that one boi mike (@gingergoofball) August 16, 2017
George Washington: I cannot tell a lie
Richard Nixon: I cannot tell the truth
Donald Trump: I cannot tell the difference
— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) August 16, 2017
According to a recent phone poll, 35% of Americans say Donald Trump is doing a good job. The other 65% are still waiting for the phone call.
— Rex Tilllerson (@RexTilllerson) August 16, 2017
If you voted for him or not, do y'all ever just stop and think holy shit Donald Trump is actually the president
— Evan (@EvansPosts) August 16, 2017
Me when Donald Trump finally gets impeached pic.twitter.com/VQynkWAOfv
— I Luh God ✨ (@aVeryRichBish) August 16, 2017
Obama will forever be more popular than you. There is nothing you can do about it. #ImpeachTrump
— the schreid (@lcsmcl) August 16, 2017
— Shayla 🤞🏾 (@woeisme2343) August 16, 2017
— Brian Gay (@brian2596) August 16, 2017
#ImpeachTrump Can we demand to see his birth certificate? I want proof that he is human.
— alisongallant (@alisongallant) August 16, 2017
— ⚡️⚡️Lontrell⚡️⚡️ (@Lazy_talentedd) August 16, 2017
— BDB ▲ (@BellyDancingBoy) August 16, 2017
— kiley (@KileyMelon) August 16, 2017
— 🌸 n o 🌸 (@Luluwiya) August 16, 2017
— Harry Phan (@TheHarryPhan) August 16, 2017
— stephoseok (@mamikihyun) August 16, 2017
#impeachtrump *drops mic*.
— wolftyla 💔 (@wolftyla) August 16, 2017
— ruwayda (@sssuuudddiii) August 16, 2017
— Skeeter Valentine (@4everKelz) August 16, 2017
— Dasun🍃💨 (@itsdasun_) August 16, 2017
— mckae (@explicitexzjm) August 16, 2017
— 🌸 n o 🌸 (@Luluwiya) August 16, 2017
— liam (@itsliamtrevino) August 16, 2017
— 💸💸💸 (@StayPaid18) August 16, 2017
— j (@JUSTlNW) August 16, 2017
— shawn christmas (@shawnchristmas) August 16, 2017
— 🌻 (@brysonwalkerr) August 16, 2017
#ImpeachTrump who knows maybe a trending hashtag will work it's 2017
— dodie (@doddleoddle) August 15, 2017
Let us know what you think in the comments!
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