If you voted for Donald Trump, chances are you’ve been defending that decision for nearly eight months now. With the events that unfolded over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the so-called president’s terrible “many sides” critique, now may be the hardest time for a Trump supporter who isn’t a white supremacist to keep up that “Make America Great Again” spirit.

We watched with horror and disgust how a bunch of white supremacists, Nazis and (insert another name for racist assholes) wearing polo shirts and carrying tiki torches descended on the University of Virginia campus last Friday, chanting things like “Jew will not replace us.” Then we woke up and witnessed things take an even greater turn for the worse, culminating with a racist child (yes, a baby man who apparently wasn’t fit for the military and reportedly has a history of hitting his wheelchair-bound mother for telling him to stop playing video games) running down a group of counterprotesters on Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Trump was slow to react to the deadly violence on Saturday, even though he’s known for being quick to react to just about anything. He would say on Tuesday that he needed more facts before calling out white supremacists and Nazis. That’s why he decided to blame the violence on “many sides” during a Saturday address that had to coincide with a previously scheduled press conference regarding reforms to help veterans.

It was only after pretty much everyone but Fox News commentators came out denouncing the Nazis for what they are and calling for the so-called president to identify the hate groups that Trump finally  did so on Monday. During a Tuesday press conference, where Trump would have rather talked about all the manufacturing jobs he’s going to create — even when people on the American Manufacturing Council are jumping ship over his handling of Charlottesville — he said his slowness in calling out the bigots in Virginia was due to a need for facts.

Somehow everyone else seemed to have them before he did.

Still reeling from that “many sides” comment from the weekend, Trump decided to double down and declare that the “alt-left” deserves some of the blame for the violence that went down in Charlottesville.

“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” Trump said on Tuesday. “And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group, you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.”

The so-called president didn’t say this during any of his press conferences, because it’s not in his interest, but it’s important. The people presenting swastikas in Charlottesville over the weekend voted for Donald Trump, and have been emboldened since his campaign to push their hateful rhetoric into the mainstream.

Trump’s hesitation, followed by an empty gesture to finally point the finger at racist demonstrators, was a strategy he employed to appeal to his criticizers while sending a message to the bigots who support him that he’s not going to do anything to curb the racial divide in this country or discourage these disgusting acts in the future.

Nothing is going to make what happened in Charlottesville better, but Trump saying he doesn’t want support from Nazis would help.