Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes on Sunday criticized President Trump’s response to the violence at a white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. where one woman was killed, saying Trump gave up the “moral authority” of the presidency.
“These are critical moments. I think of President Obama going out to Charleston after a white supremacist killing. President Clinton, Oklahoma City, President Bush after 9-11. You know, this is a living office, and what we saw yesterday really is a president surrendering the moral authority of the office of the president of the United States,” said Rhodes, who served as former President Barack Obama‘s deputy national security adviser, on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I think there are huge costs to that for the nation, because people look to a president to put these events in context and bring people together,” he stated.
Rhodes’s comments came after Trump quickly condemned the violence that took hold of the small Virginia city on Saturday. Unlike Obama, who was often quick to make comments after tragic events before knowing any actual details, Trump stopped short of naming specific hate groups involved and said “many sides” held responsibility for the violence.
Governor Mike Huckabee told Fox News on Saturday, “No matter what [President Trump] says, there are going to be people who will condemn his every word, his every action.”
At least one person died in Charlottesville and dozens were injured on Saturday after a “Unite the Right” rally turned into a violent clash between white nationalists protesting the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Virginia park and “antifa” counter-protesters.
Ben Rhodes, who bragged about lying to get Iran $150b, says Trump is "surrending the moral authority" of the office. pic.twitter.com/zpN96XZYaM
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