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Trump Minimizes 2017 Charlottesville Rally: It Was Insignificant Compared to Israel-Gaza Campus Protests

Trump downplays deadly Charlottesville rally (Credits: CNN)

Former President Trump weighed in on Thursday, seeking to draw a comparison between the Charlottesville white nationalist rally in 2017 and the recent protests on college campuses regarding the conflict in Gaza.

In a post on Truth Social, Trump dismissed the importance of the Charlottesville rally, asserting that the ongoing protests over the Gaza conflict are of greater concern. He criticized President Biden for referencing Charlottesville as a reason for his 2020 presidential campaign, suggesting that Biden has failed to address the current unrest effectively.

Trump Compares Campus Protests to Violent White Supremacist Rally (Credits: The Hill)

Trump downplayed the severity of the Charlottesville rally, which resulted in clashes between white supremacists and counterprotesters, leading to the death of a counterprotester, Heather Heyer. Trump’s response to the event, particularly his statement about “very fine people on both sides,” drew widespread condemnation.

Biden’s 2020 campaign announcement prominently featured the Charlottesville rally, framing it as a pivotal moment in the nation’s history. Biden has frequently cited the event in speeches, underscoring it as a motivating factor for his presidential bid.

Trump calls Charlottesville rally a ‘peanut’ next to pro-Palestinian campus protests (Credits: MSNBC News)

Trump spoke about this when there was a lot of tension at colleges about the fighting between Israel and Palestine. There were protests at Columbia University that some people said were antisemitic. Biden has criticized the antisemitism in these protests but also stressed that we need to understand why things are happening in Gaza.

The broader context includes Biden’s efforts to balance support for Israel’s right to self-defense with calls for greater protection of civilians in Gaza. This delicate approach reflects the ongoing challenges of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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