Charlottesville Violence Sees Donald Trump Pressured To Condemn White Supremacy
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Three people died - one 32-year-old woman, who was hit when a car ploughed into a crowd and two state troopers, whose helicopter crashed outside the city while responding to the situation ― and at least 35 others were injured in the Virginia city on Saturday.
But rather than specifically speaking out in criticism of members of the Ku Klux Klan, the white supremacists or the neo-Nazis who brought torches and bats to the rally, the US president blamed the unrest on “many sides.”
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You're all among the best this nation produces.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
But many called on him to call out the problem for what it was and condemn white supremacy...
No, Mr. President. This is a provocative effort by Neo-Nazis to foment racism and hatred and create violence. Call it out for what it is. https://t.co/WibPqkLsLa— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 12, 2017
Did Trump really say that he condemns the violence on "many sides"? The white folks with tiki torches brought the violence, own it.— deray mckesson (@deray) August 12, 2017
Trump can't even say neo-Nazis are bad without both-sidesing it and he can't even do THAT without bragging about himself— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 12, 2017
Trump: "I'm not afraid to say it, Radical. Islamic. Terror."How about White Supremacy?Nope. — ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) August 12, 2017
Although the president himself failed to call a spade a spade, many other conservative political figures did manage it...
Former US president Barack Obama took a different tack, sharing a quote from Nelson Mandela...
"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..."— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
"...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
He said: “I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today.
“Our message is plain and simple: Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.
“Shame on you.
“You pretend that you are patriots but you are anything but a patriot.”