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Trump's 'both sides' defense has a long and sordid history in American racism

In a radio interview, Princeton historian Kevin Kruse explained on Wednesday the history and significance of Donald Trump placing blame on "both sides" for violence at a white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The "extremists" on "both sides" refrain that Donald Trump focused his remarks around was, he notes, a commonplace cry of those that opposed desegregation and the toppling of Jim Crow laws.
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