'Donald Trump is "trying to start a civil war", a former US Labor Secretary has claimed in the wake of the US President's inflammatory comments on the Charlottesville attacks.
Robert Reich accused Mr Trump of licensing violence as a "political strategy" and quietly inciting a conflict between his core base of white, socially conservative voters and everyone else.
It comes just hours after the former real estate mogul blamed "both sides" for the deadly violence in Virginia over the weekend in a historic press conference that drew condemnation from around the world.
Mr Trump attacked the "alt-left" on Tuesday night, telling reporters those who came "charging" at demonstrators should share a part of the blame.
But Mr Reich said Mr Trump's refusal to "denounce hateful violence" has always been part of his political strategy. '
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