Steve Helber/ AP Rescue personnel assist hurt individuals after a vehicle ran into a large group of protesters after an white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. The nationalists were holding the rally to object plans by the city of Charlottesville to eliminate a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the vehicle owned into a group of them.
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BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP)– President Donald Trump is drawing criticism from Republicans and Democrats for not clearly knocking white supremacists in the aftermath of violent clashes in Virginia, with lawmakers stating he needs to take a public stand against groups that espouse racism and hate.
Trump, while on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, resolved the nation Saturday not long after a car raked into a group of anti-racist counter-protesters in Charlottesville, a college town where neo-Nazis and white nationalists had actually assembled for march. The president did not single out any group, rather blaming “numerous sides” for the violence.
“Hate and the division should stop, and should stop today,” he stated. “We need to come together as Americans with love for our country and … true love for each other.”
Trump condemned “in the greatest possible terms this outright display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on lots of sides.” He included: “It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long period of time.”
He did not respond to concerns from press reporters about whether he rejected the assistance of white nationalists or whether he thought the car crash was an example of domestic terrorism. Assistants who appeared on the Sunday news programs stated the White Home did believe those things, however lots of fellow Republicans required that Trump personally knock the white supremacists.
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., tweeted: “Mr. President – we must call wicked by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”
Added Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.: “Nothing patriotic about #Nazis, the #KKK or #WhiteSupremacists It’s the direct reverse of what #America looks for to be.”
GOP Chris Christie of New Jersey, a strong Trump advocate, composed: “We decline the bigotry and violence of white nationalists like the ones acting out in Charlottesville. Everybody in management must speak up.”
On the Democrat side, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New york city said “naturally we condemn ALL that dislike mean. Till @POTUS specifically condemns alt-right action in Charlottesville, he hasn’t done his job.”
The president’s only public declaration early Sunday was a retweet saluting 2 Virginia state cops officers killed in helicopter crash after being dispatched to keep an eye on the Charlottesville clashes.
The previous day, Trump tweeted condolences to those officers right after the helicopter crashed. His tweet sending out acknowledgements to the lady killed in the protests came more than five hours after the incident.
Trump’s nationwide security consultant, H.R. McMaster, stated Sunday that he considered the attack in Charlottesville to be terrorism:
“I definitely think anytime that you dedicate an attack versus individuals to prompt fear, it is terrorism,” McMaster told ABC’s “Today.”
“It fulfills the definition of terrorism. However exactly what this is, exactly what you see here, is you see somebody who is a criminal, who is devoting a criminal act against fellow Americans.”
The president’s homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, defended the president’s declaration by recommending that some of the counter-protesters were violent too.
When pressed, he particularly condemned the racist groups.
The president’s daughter and White House aide, Ivanka Trump, tweeted Sunday early morning: “There ought to be no location in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.”
White nationalists had put together in Charlottesville to vent their disappointment versus the city’s strategies to remove a statue of Confederal Gen. Robert E. Lee. Counter-protesters massed in opposition. A few hours after violent encounters in between the two groups, a car owned into a crowd of people in harmony opposing the rally. The motorist was later on taken into custody.
Alt-right leader Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke attended the presentations. Duke informed reporters that the white nationalists were working to “fulfill the pledges of Donald Trump.”
Trump’s speech also drew praise from the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, which wrote: “Trump remarks readied. He didn’t assault us. He just said the country should come together. Nothing specific against us. … No condemnation at all.”
The site had actually been promoting the Charlottesville presentation as part of its “Summertime of Hate” edition.
Mayor Michael Signer, a Democrat, said he was revolted that the white nationalists had pertained to his town and blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his project last year.
“I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a great deal of what you’re seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president,” he stated.
Trump, as a prospect, frequently came under scrutiny for being slow to use his condemnation of white supremacists. His greatest denunciation of the motion has not come voluntarily, only when asked, and he periodically trafficked in retweets of racist social media posts throughout his campaign. His chief strategist, Steve Bannon, when stated that his previous news website, Breitbart, was “the platform for the alt-right.”