The President failed to outright condemn members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists. Rather, he denounced “all forms of violence,” an attitude members of the far-right movement deemed “really, really good.”
Yesterday, neo-Nazis, skinheads and members of the KKK descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. The rally of white nationalists — which was quickly met by counter-protests — escalated in no time at all, prompting the state governor to declare a “state of emergency.”
Though most of the brawling resulted in cuts and bruises, a car with Ohio license plates plowing through protesters resulted in the death of a 32-year-old woman. According to the Independent UK, more than 30 people are reported to have been injured, and at least 19 from the car crash. James Fields, 20, was driving the car and has since been charged with second-degree murder.
While the unthinkable event resulted in outrage nationwide, it’s now U.S. President Donald Trump who is receiving the most criticism from agitated citizens. This is because he failed to denounce the actions of the white supremacists.
According to a press release by the White House, “The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”
However, President Trump did not explicitly take aim at far-right extremists. Rather, he decried “violence on all sides.” Said Trump, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.”
Neo-nazis applauded Mr. Trump for his statement, saying it was “really, really good” he did not condemn them. The founder of the Daily Stormer, an American neo-Nazi and white supremacist site, also hailed the fact that President Trump “outright refused to disavow” the assembly of white supremacists.
Said the site’s editor, Andrew Anglin: “People saying he cucked are shills and kikes. He did the opposite of cuck. He refused to even mention anything to do with us. When reporters were screaming at him about White Nationalism he just walked out of the room.”
Understandably, both Republican and Democratic members of Congress were critical of Trump’s response. Republican Senator Cory Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said: “Mr President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”
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