On August 15, 2017, President Trump said counterprotesters attended the Charlottesville, Virginia alt-right protest without a permit. As is par for the course with our 45th POTUS, his statements bordered on and provided outright blatant lies.
While speaking about the state of the United States’ infrastructure, President Trump said:
“You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent. . . . You had a lot of people in that [white nationalist] group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know — I don’t know if you know — they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit.”
That statement followed Trump’s claim that “both sides” and “many sides” were to blame for the violence that claimed three lives and left at least 19 people injured.
In making his statement, Trump once against attempted to blame protesters while somehow claiming that white supremacists and neo-Nazis were in the right.
A document obtained by Washington Post colleague Justin Wm. Moyer says differently.
Walt Heinecke, a professor at the University of Virginia, spoke with Moyer about a “special events certificate of approval” that was approved for events at McGuffey Park and Justice Park.
Here’s the full approval document:
While the only permit for Emancipation Park was granted for the “Unite the Right” rally, Charlottesville Spokeswoman Miriam I. Dickler told Moyer that counterprotesters did not require a permit.
“Please bear in mind that people do not need a permit to enter a public park, even when another event is scheduled to take place there, nor are they required to have one to be on streets or sidewalks adjacent to or outside the park,” Dickler said in an email.
Trump Actually Lied Four Times
Lie #1: Trump claimed no permits were given to counterprotesters in Charlottesville.
Lie #2: Trump AGAIN claimed no permits were issued for counterprotesters in Charlottesville.
Lie #3: No permits were required to gather in or near Emancipation park.
Lie #4: No permits were required to march on the University of Virginia campus.
Members of white supremacist, neo-nazi, and other alt-right groups ultimately turned violent, leading to one death while soliciting a showing of support for Nazi sympathizers from President Trump.
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