Trump hits media for misrepresenting Charlottesville remarks

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"The people of SC will remember!"

"Such a disgusting lie", Trump continued. Graham "just can't forget his election trouncing", Trump wrote, then writing what sounded like a threat: "The people of SC will remember!"

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who had on Wednesday accused Trump of "dividing Americans" with his Charlottesville response.

The president does appear to have a point - he never explicitly said on Tuesday that he sees white supremacist groups and counter-protesters on the same moral level. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in Charlottesville on Saturday when a suspected white nationalist drove his vehicle into a crowd protesting the far-right march.

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Several minutes later, Trump tweeted again: "The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is". Trump said. "Let me ask you this: What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!" he tweeted.

Late Wednesday, Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, gave an emotional and defiant tribute to her daughter in front of 1,200 mourners at a memorial service.

Franklin Graham issued a statement on Sunday night reacting to violence that broke out at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

His comments were widely criticized for denying the reality of the situation and on Monday, Trump delivered another statement on Charlottesville, this time declaring that "racism is evil", and calling out "the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups".

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Graham also encouraged the president to try and unite the country after Charlottesville.

He added: "You also had some very fine people on both sides".

"These unsafe fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms", he said.

"Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at - excuse me, what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right?" Both Democrat and Republican politicians criticised Trump's initial response - when he condemned violence "on all sides" - as inadequate.

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The experts noted that the Charlottesville far-right demonstrators had chanted anti-Black, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant slogans, and said it was of critical importance for those who had committed racist crimes or violence to be held to account.

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