- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said President Trump’s comments Tuesday blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, have marked a “new low” for the presidency.

Ms. Albright, a refugee from the Holocaust, told MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that while she’s “so grateful” to be living in America, she is “saddened” by everything that’s been happening in the days since deadly protests rocked Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ms. Albright said Mr. Trump’s attempt to equate “alt-left” counter-protesters with the white supremacist marchers in Charlottesville was un-American.

“What he’s doing — he is not normal,” she said. “And what has happened is his reaction to this is not normal. It’s not American.”

“And I think that what he has done is obviously damaged himself but made people wonder about this moral equivalency, which I just find so stunning, given what we know about appeasing fascists and right-wingers is the way to disaster,” she said.

Ms. Albright tied Mr. Trump’s response to the Charlottesville protests to his handling of North Korea, saying the president has failed to clearly stand up for American values at home and abroad.

“I’ve been troubled generally, frankly, about the way that President Trump never talks about democracy, the kind of the values of our foreign policy have not been mentioned and now we have sunk to this new low in terms of giving a moral equivalency to hatred,” she said.

Mr. Trump has been widely criticized for his combative press conference Tuesday after he blamed “both sides” for committing violence in Charlottesville, despite reports that the man who purposely drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a person and injuring more than a dozen others, was a Nazi sympathizer. Mr. Trump argued that there were some “very bad people” no both sides of the clashes.

“What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at, as you say, the ‘alt-right,’ do they have any semblance of guilt?” he said, sparring with reporters. “What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs, do they have any problem? I think they do.”

“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” he said.

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