Donald Trump recently said,
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of
hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides…"
Most if not all news outlets interpret the phrase "on many sides" in this sentence as referring to different groups of people. In other words, they say he meant to call out not just this display of hatred but other displays by other groups at other times.
But, is it possible from a grammatical perspective that "many sides" is referring to the many sides of "this display of hatred" referred to in the sentence? In other words, could Trump have meant "we condemn this display of hatred from lots of angles"?
Does my question make sense? I don't believe the President has made a statement clarifying his comments yet so I am not asking what he meant specifically (who knows?), but from a grammatical/lexical perspective couldn't the phrase "on many sides" in context mean in essence "from lots of angles" or "in a lot of ways"?