The White House is still attempting to spin Trump’s response to the violent clashes at the Unite the Right rally as a “solution.”
The president’s response, according to the White House press secretary, was to “move on,” which has been a consistent tactic for the Trump administration.
But the president’s public comments during his Charlottesville response have cast him as a divisive figure who has emboldened white supremacists, as well as left many Americans confused about his stance on the crisis.
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared to acknowledge that Trump’s public statements on Charlottesville have had a negative impact on Americans’ understanding of the president and his policies.
Spicer said the president “wants to move on,” and said he will be making a broader statement about Charlottesville.
Spicer’s comments are the latest in a series of attempts by the White the Trump Administration to paint the president as a racist and a misogynist.
Last week, Spicer attempted to spin his press briefing by saying that President Trump had called for the removal of Confederate statues in the United States.
Spicer argued that President Donald Trump “didn’t say, ‘I’m going to get rid of Confederate monuments,'” and that his words were “a little bit more nuanced” than the president claimed.
“So, the president said that the Confederate statues were part of history, part of who we are, part that they should be removed,” Spicer said.
Spicer also claimed that Trump had said, “You know what?
I don’t like statues of anybody in the history of this country.”
Spicer, however, did not clarify whether the president was saying that he wanted the removal or merely that he wished to move forward.
After Spicer’s remarks, the Washington Post published a lengthy piece arguing that “a key reason why Trump has been able to move so quickly on the Charlottesville incident is that the president has done everything he can to distance himself from white supremacists and white supremacists sympathizers.”
The Post pointed to the president saying he would not “begrudge” anyone who was upset by the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, but that he had no intention of removing the statues.
On Saturday, the White house attempted to explain away Spicer’s misstatements.
In a tweet, the administration claimed Spicer’s statements “didn