Following President Trump’s comments on Tuesday where he said the “alt left” was responsible for some of the violence in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend, Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-NY, said he agreed with the president’s assertion.
In a post on Facebook, Zeldin said Trump was correct in calling out liberals and said the counter protesters in Virginia were as violent as those in the “alt-right.”
“Antifa bused in criminals with bats and pepper spray for the purpose of committing acts of violence targeting anyone who was part of the protest against Charlottesville bringing down the statue of Robert E. Lee, whether associated with the KKK or Nazism or neither,” Zeldin wrote. “In the words of New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg, the ‘hard left’ was just at violent at the protest as the ‘alt right’.”
The New York Representative did condemn “anyone associating themselves with the KKK and Nazism” and said that Trump has “repeatedly” condemned those groups as well. He added that the “hard left” and the “alt right” are “not equal,” but supported the narrative that both sides were responsible for the violence.
“I would add though that it is not right to suggest that President Trump is wrong for acknowledging the fact that criminals on both sides showed up for the purpose of being violent. That particular observation is completely true,” Zeldin continued.
“There is an element of our country that has pledged to resist, oppose, and obstruct this President entirely on absolutely everything and anything and to this population the President cannot say or do absolutely anything at all that they won’t criticize as long as he is in the office he was elected to serve in last November,” he added.