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Saturday was marked by bloodshed in Charlottesville, Virginia after an apparent white nationalist plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters in a blatant attack. And on the morning after, NBC’s Sunday Today put President Trump in their sights as they unloaded on him while appearing to pin the blame for the attack on him. At one point even claiming he “enjoys” the support he gets from the bigots who were rallying in Virginia.
“President Trump condemned the violence there on Saturday but he did not specifically speak to the white nationalism that was on display,” complained Anchor Willie Geist as he was getting ready to hand the report off to Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell. “The President also did not respond to questions, including one about the political support he enjoys among some white supremacists,” she chided.
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One of Geist’s guests was Michael Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville. Geist was very interested in hearing how Signer would slam the President. “Mr. Mayor, you did thank the President of the United States for condemning the violence broadly. But you have been critical of him beforehand,” he hyped. “You say, quote, ‘I place the blame for a lot of what's happening in America, a lot of what you’re seeing, at the doorstep of the White House.’” Feigning curiosity, Geist asked what he meant by that.
Signer was eager to lay the blame at Trump’s feet:
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