President Trump today pulled back today from yesterday's already too late and wobbly criticism of the alt-right and racist thugs who were responsible for the mayhem and violence in Charlottesville on Saturday.

In a apparent move to placate a chunk of his political base, Trump today said "both sides" were to blame for the violence that left three dead in Virginia and 19 injured.

Trump at Aug. 15 news conference in lobby of Trump Tower

Trump apparently is returning to square one, when on Saturday he blamed "many sides" for the chaos?  Trump's Saturday statement was an embarrassment to Americans.

In Trump's mind of today, the "alt-left" is getting off the hook.

"You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible, and it was a horrible thing to watch," he told reporters at Trump Tower, which was the focal point of the raucous "welcome back to New York" greeting he received yesterday by thousands of protestors angry with his weekend dance around the Charlottesville outbreak of hate.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right?" He then asked, "Do they have any semblance of guilt?, Trump said today.

The President seems to forget or excuses the torch-like Ku Klux Klan rally staged last Friday by neo-Nazis. Those people carrying flames that night; waving Confederate flags, wearing helmuts and wielding shields the next day weren't lefties.

And then there was the murder of Heather Heyer who was killed by White Power lunatic fringe-er James Alex Fields after he drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors.

The President has to decide whether he wants to be the leader of the entire US or the head of the hard-core political right-wingers.

The US deserves better than who is currently in the White House.