Fox host: Trump comments ‘one of the biggest messes I’ve ever seen’

Fox News's Kat Timpf slammed President Trump on Tuesday for his "disgusting" press conference in which he again blamed "both sides" for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, stepping back from his direct condemnation of white supremacist groups a day earlier. 

"It was one of the biggest messes I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe it happened," said Timpf, a co-host of “The Fox News Specialists.” 

“It is honestly crazy for me to have to comment on this right now because I’m still in the phase where I am wondering if it was actually real life — what I just watched."

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Her remarks come after Trump defended his initial remarks about the deadly violence over the weekend during an impromptu Tuesday press conference from Trump Tower, telling reporters that he needed to "know the facts" before explicitly denouncing the hate groups.

Timpf pounced on Trump's reasoning, saying the president has quickly accused someone of being an Islamic terrorist before he's had all the facts about an attack.

"I’m surprised he didn’t come out and say that it was a terrorist instead of waiting to say something," she said, adding that "he’s done that before — before he’s had all the facts."

The Specialists co-host also went after Trump for saying that some protestors within the self-described pro-white crowd were not bad people, reasoning that some were there to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

"It shouldn’t be some kind of bold statement to say, 'Yes, a gathering full of white supremacist Nazis doesn’t have good people in it.' Those are all bad people, period. And the fact that that is controversial, makes me — I don’t know if I should laugh or — I have too much eye makeup on to start crying right now. It is disgusting," Timpf said.

White nationalist groups descended on Charlottesville on Friday night, with dozens carrying Tiki torches and chanting racist slogans marching, and then surrounding a statue of Thomas Jefferson.

The next day, a larger "United the Right" rally was canceled amid street fighting between neo-Nazi and other racist groups and counterprotestors. 

One man linked with the white supremacist groups is accused of driving his car into a crowd of people, killing a woman and injuring at least 19 people.

Trump has teetered back and forth from first blaming "many sides" for their role in the violence on Saturday, to a direct condemnation of the hate groups on Monday, and then back again to blaming "both sides" on Tuesday.

Trump's recent press conference will likely add further fuel to the fire for critics who say Trump is failing to condemn racism because he doesn't want to lose extremist followers within his base.