Obama, Biden speak on Charlottesville violence

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U.S.
President Barack Obama speaks about Syria next to Vice President
Joe Biden (L) at the Rose Garden of the White House August 31,
2013, in Washington.

REUTERS/Mike
Theiler


Former President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Saturday to
weigh in on the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville,
Virginia, which took a deadly
turn when a driver mowed down
a crowd of pedestrians and
killed one 32-year-old woman. 

In a series of tweets, Obama quoted Nelson Mandela:

The quote comes from Mandela’s autobiography “Long Walk to
Freedom.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden also posted on
Twitter, appearing to comment on President Donald
Trump’s earlier statements on Charlottesville.

Earlier on Saturday, Biden had also tweeted that “we must be
stronger, more determined and more united than ever. Racism and
hate have no place here.”


Trump had drawn backlash
from Democrats and Republicans alike
when he
pinned the violence “on many sides”
instead of singling out
white nationalists for condemnation.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious
display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” Trump
said. “It’s been going on for a long, long time in our country.
Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a
long, long time.”

Late on Saturday, the FBI announced that it opened a civil rights
investigation into the Charlottesville car crash. 

“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart
of American law and justice. When such actions arise from racial
bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be
tolerated,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.



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