Trump gets slammed for not condemning white nationalists in Charlottesville

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President Donald Trump at
the White House.

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President Donald Trump drew sharp criticism on Saturday for
not singling out white nationalists when he condemned the
 violent clashes that turned deadly in Charlottesville,
Virginia. 

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious
display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” Trump
said at a press conference. “On many sides.”

He added: “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.”

Observers quickly latched onto Trump’s statements and
slammed him for not explicitly rebuking the #UniteTheRight white
nationalist rally that was called in response to a plan to remove
a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in
Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

 

“Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, whom Trump has
frequently criticized on Twitter, also weighed in. 

Lawmakers added their voices, including Republican Sen. Cory
Gardner. “Mr. President – we must call evil by its name,”
Gardner tweeted. “These
were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin criticized Trump as well. “No,
Mr. President, not ‘many sides.’ There is one side with nazi
flags and nazi salutes. America is not on that side,” Durbin
tweeted after
Trump’s statement. 

The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in
Charlottesville is not the fault of ‘many sides,'” tweeted Virginia’s
attorney general, Mark Herring. “It is racists and white
supremacists.”

Some Twitter users also called Trump out
for lambasting former President Barack Obama for not using
the term, “radical Islamic terrorism,” while he himself did not
specifically denounce white nationalists in
Charlottesville. 

 

 

Saturday’s demonstrations turned
deadly
 when a car plowed through a crowd of
counter-protesters, resulting in multiple injuries and at least
one death.
 

One witness had two friends who were hit by the car and had
to take them to the hospital. The witness described the
incident as “absolutely intentional.” 

“A packed street and a car comes speeding down, at least 40 mph
and rams into everyone, backs up and does it again,” they said
in a text
message
 to Outline staff writer William Turton.



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