White House defends Trump's response to Charlottesville violence as criticism intensifies

White House defends Trump's response to Charlottesville violence as criticism intensifies

White House defends Trump's response to Charlottesville violence as criticism intensifies

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's remarks in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying the President was not equivocating with his denunciation of violence from "many sides" Saturday.

But later, during an appearance in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump described Saturday's rally as an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence - on many sides", which made it appear the president was placing equal blame on the white nationalists and neo-Nazi groups that organized the event, and those protesting them.

Singer John Legend also called out the weak response from the White House: "We have nazi sympathizers and white nationalists in the White House". On ABC, McMaster described the vehicle attack on counter-protesters as "terrorism". "Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups", a spokesperson said. He just said the nation should come together.

"This President needs to do exactly that today", Gardner said.

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McMaster called it "a criminal act against fellow Americans".

Neo-nazis descended into the city on Friday (11Aug17) night to protest the removal of a statue representing Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who served the pro-slavery South of the country during the U.S. Civil War until surrendering in 1865 when the pro-emancipation North won the battle.

The White House was silent for hours except for a tweet from first lady Melania Trump - "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".

Meanwhile, the Daily Stormer praised Trump for not being specific in his condemnation and interpreted his comments as a rebuke of the violence from counterprotesters. If Trump wanted to condemn racists and white supremacists, he could have done so very easily.

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The violence in the Southern college town of Charlottesville on Saturday was widely condemned, with many politicians and activists on both the left and right also criticizing Trump, a Republican, for waiting too long to address it and when he did so, failing to explicitly condemn the white-supremacist marchers who ignited the melee. Counter-protesters massed in opposition.

As the rally was dispersed, a vehicle was driven into a crowd of counter-protesters, the force of the crash flinging people into the air. The driver was later taken into custody.

Trump later tweeted: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for".

"Trump's comments were good".

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Mayor Michael Signer, a Democrat, said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign a year ago.

"I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that", he said on ABC's "This Week".

Trump says he's spoken with the governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, and "we agreed that the hate and the division must stop and must stop right now".

Breitbart has close ties with the alt-right movement, an ideology that can be associated with white nationalism.

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