Ex-Trump Lawyer Calls Trump’s Charlottesville Mention ‘A Big Mistake’

(UnitedHeadlines.com) – Former White House attorney Jim Schultz called former President Donald Trump’s April 25 comment outside a New York courtroom about the 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia, rally “a big mistake.”

After a day inside the Manhattan courtroom for his criminal hush money trial, Trump referred to the deadly rally in Charlottesville as “nothing” compared to the pro-Palestinian protests happening on college campuses around the country. He called Charlottesville “a little peanut,” adding that “it was nothing” and not “the kind of hate that you have here.”

Trump stated that President Joe Biden is to blame for the protests where students are setting up encampments on college campuses and are demanding the colleges divest from companies that provide weapons to Israel. The protests have led to colleges canceling graduations and moving classes online, with Jewish students encouraged to stay away from the campuses as protesters target Israel and those who support it.

Schultz, an associate White House counsel in 2017, said Trump’s mention of Charlottesville “has to make his campaign cringe.” He noted that mentioning Charlottesville brings back “bad memories” of what “was a really bad issue for him at the time.” He added that, politically, it was “a big mistake on his part” to mention Charlottesville.

In August 2017, hundreds of people gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee and the renaming of a park, and the protests turned violent, resulting in the death of one person and 35 others injured. After the deadly rally, Trump made a controversial comment that while there were “very bad people in that group,” there were also “very fine people, on both sides.”

Biden claims that Charlottesville was when he decided he would run for president in 2020. However, Biden was criticized for his April 22 comment condemning “both sides,” “those who don’t understand what’s going on with the Palestinians” and the antisemitic protests.

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