By Katie Benezra, The New York Times Magazine”The left, however, continues to do the exact opposite of what it’s supposed to be doing, which is attacking conservatives for being so bad,” said Bill Kristol, a conservative columnist and president of the conservative Weekly Standard who was an influential adviser to President George W. Bush.
“They attack us for being intolerant, intolerant for wanting to see a less conservative America,” he added.
In an interview with MSNBC, Mr. Kristol acknowledged that conservatives are “not perfect.”
“The best thing we can do is not demonize them,” he said.
“But I don’t think the media is going to take them on like that.
They’ll make a big deal out of it, but I don`t think that`s going to help.”
Mr. Kristos remarks came as the New York City Police Department and the Justice Department announced that they have launched a federal investigation into the alleged use of excessive force against protesters during the Donald Trump presidential inauguration in January.
Mr. Trump said that he had been informed of the investigation by his attorney general, Jeff Sessions.
Mr. Sessions said that the Justice Dept. has opened a federal civil rights investigation into a number of protesters, and that they will continue to cooperate with the investigation.
“The president has been very clear that he did not want this to happen, and he is very, very upset,” Mr. Trump told reporters.
“And we have no tolerance for the conduct that occurred at the inauguration.
We want to make sure that there are no similar incidents.”
Mr Trump also condemned a “very violent riot” that occurred during the inauguration, saying that it was “not our country.”
“It was not our country.
It was taken from us,” Mr Trump said.”
We don`ve been peaceful.
We have been violent,” he continued.
“We have been attacked, we have been hurt, and we have suffered, and it`s not acceptable.”
A senior administration official told The Times that “there are no specific criminal investigations that we are pursuing into the violence that occurred” during the Trump inauguration.
The official said that while the Justice department is investigating whether police officers acted improperly, the department is not investigating any civil rights violations.
The investigation was first reported by CNN.
The Justice Department, meanwhile, has also launched a civil rights probe into the protests that occurred in the aftermath of Mr. Trumps inauguration.
In a statement, it said the Justice inquiry will focus on whether officers used “force that was excessive, excessive in the circumstances, disproportionate, unjustified, discriminatory, or otherwise violated the rights of any individual or any group of individuals.”
“We will also look into whether any criminal violations occurred in connection with this protest,” the statement said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.