McMaster defends Trump on Charlottesville: “The President has been very clear”

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Following criticism that he used the wrong language in condemning the acts of white supremacists in Charlottesville, national security adviser H.R. McMaster defended President Trump’s comments on Sunday.

“The president has been very clear,” McMaster said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We cannot tolerate this kind of bigotry, this kind of hatred. And what he did is he called on all Americans to take a firm stand against it.”

He said it is important to teach America’s youth that tolerance is the only way to overcome such divisive hatred. Hatred, he claims, that is grounded in an ignorance of American values.

“Tolerance has to overcome this kind of hatred, this kind of hatred that is grounded really in ignorance, ignorance of our values and what makes us unique as Americans,” he said. “Our commitment to each other, our commitment to freedom, liberty, tolerance and rights for all of us.”

Trump has been criticized for saying “many sides” were to blame for the hateful events. Left-leaning media, and some members of the GOP, are unhappy with the president saying “many sides” were to blame for the hatred that unfolds in the United States.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FLA) was among those on the right who called out the president for not referring to white supremacy by name.   “Very important for the nation to hear [President Trump] describe events in Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by white supremacists,” Rubio said on Twitter.

DML NEWS CEO, Dennis Michael Lynch said, “It appears the president can’t make anyone happy no matter what he says.”  He continued, “He doesn’t say this or that, and Marco Rubio is going to call him out on Twitter.  And in the other hand Trump calls out the haters, and the KKK leader David Duke calls out Trump.”

On Saturday, David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader said the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. represents fulfilling the promises of President Donald J. Trump.

“This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back, we’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump, and that’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we gotta do,” Duke said.

David Duke endorsed Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.

Dennis Michael Lynch, who has supported Donald Trump long before the billionaire businessman announced his presidency, said this about Duke’s comments: “Donald Trump was elected because people wanted jobs created, the border secured, taxes lowered, Obamacare repealed, and the elite politicians to have less power over the people.  His presidency, his candidacy, and his presence on this planet has nothing to do with racism, hate, bigotry or violence.  Anyone who says differently is clueless.”

“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.

Trump followed up his comments with a tweet Saturday saying the United States needs to “be united & condemn all that hate stands for.”

“There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!” he tweeted.

“We will continue to follow developments in Charlottesville, and will provide whatever assistance is needed. We are ready, willing and able,” Trump also tweeted.

Earlier Sunday, Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump condemned the attacks by the white supremacists, saying that all Americans need to come together.

In a two part tweet (seen below), the president’s daughter said that there is “no place in society” for the racism and violence of the events that took place this weekend.

“There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazis,” she said. “We must all come together as Americans — and be one country UNITED.”

One person was killed and 19 were injured after a man plowed his car into a group of anti-fascism protesters.

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