A top ally of President Trump defended the president's response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, saying he "has inside information I don't have."
"The only groups he identified by name as evil ... were the Nazis, the KKK and the white supremacists," Jerry Falwell Jr. said on ABC's "This Week."
"That's what I thought was bold and truthful," the evangelical leader added.
Trump said Tuesday that there were "very fine people" on "both sides" during the Charlottesville violence, which was a step back from the condemnation he directed at white supremacists on Monday, drawing criticism that he hasn't been fully committed speaking out against white supremacy and racism as a whole.
Asked what he thought about Trump's "both sides" comment, Falwell said Trump has "inside information I don't have."
"I don't know if there were historical purists there that were trying to preserve some statues," Falwell added. "I think he was talking about what he had seen, information that he had that I don't have."
.@JerryFalwellJr on Pres. Trump's "both sides" comments in response to Charlottesville rally: "He has inside information I don't have." pic.twitter.com/i114BnkLz7— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 20, 2017
Falwell then chastised the media making Charlottesville too political.
"All I know is it was pure evil. The media has tried to paint this as Republican versus Democrat, black versus white, Jew versus gentile, but it's just pure evil versus good," he said.
NPR reported on Sunday that a group of alumni from Liberty University — where Falwell Jr. is president — are preparing to return their diplomas to the school in protest of his support of Trump.
But, Falwell explained Sunday that he will continue to stand by Trump.
"One of the reasons I supported him is because he doesn't say what's politically correct, he says what's in his heart, and sometimes that gets him in trouble," he said, adding, Trump "doesn't have a racist bone in his body."
Martha Raddatz, host of ABC's "This Week," said the White House pointed them to Falwell Jr. when they asked for an official to appear on the show.