White nationalist on Trump: 'I'm proud of him for speaking the truth'
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Richard Spencer, a prominent white supremacist, said Tuesday that he was "proud" of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE after he placed blame on both white supremacists and counterprotesters for inciting violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Trump reigniting a firestorm earlier in the afternoon when he said there was "blame on both sides" after the deadly rally.

Trump faced bipartisan criticism in the immediate wake of the demonstrations for not specifically condemning white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups and for instead placing blame on "many sides."

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The president delivered a more forceful denunciation of hate groups and racism on Monday, distancing himself from his equivocal comments made over the weekend.

But in a heated news conference Tuesday, the president doubled down on his claim that counterprotesters at the white supremacist protest should share blame for the outbreak of violence in Charlottesville. 

The "alt-left," Trump said, was "very, very violent" in confronting white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Charlottesville park.

"This week it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next?" Trump said. "You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”