For the prosecution. From 2017.
By Jared Keller, Pacific Standard
On August 15th, President Donald Trump threw the door wide open for American fascism. Speaking confidently on his home turf of Trump Tower in New York City, Trump blamed “many sides” for the violent clashes between antifascists and alt-right groups including white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia. In a reversal from his August 14th condemnation of far-right extremists (itself a pivot from his initial dose of false equivalency made just one day prior), he falsely claimed that “alt-left” counter-protestors like antifa and Black Lives Matter were “very very violent,” adding that “a lot of good people” were simply “peacefully protesting” the removal of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s statue. According to Trump, it’s those left-wing activists who want to destroy the “unity, healing, and love” the president called for in the wake of the events in Charlottesville.