Following two days of criticism for not decrying them by name, President Trump has finally condemned neo-Nazis, the KKK and white Nationalists for the tragic terrorist attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.
“Racism is evil,” Trump said during an address at the White House on Monday. “And those that cause violence in its name are criminals and dogs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
One person was killed and multiple were injured after a white race activist drove a car through a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Trump faced immediate ridicule for his statements following the incident, saying “many sides” were to blame.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said at a press conference.
“I take issue with the fact that many in the national media spent more time criticizing the president’s words than they did criticizing those that perpetuated the violence to begin with. We should be putting the attention where it belongs, and that is on those extremist groups that need to be pushed out of the public debate entirely and discredited for the hate groups and dangerous fringe groups that they are,” Pence said.
Still, harsher words from the president were needed, as calls for further condemnation of the acts of at least one white supremacist at the event were coming from both sides of the aisle.
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