President Trump called the violence in Charlottesville bigotry. Prominent Republicans are calling it "domestic terrorism." pic.twitter.com/iScJhGGTnH— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 13, 2017
The White House defended President Donald Trump’s vague statements on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend by insisting that he certainly meant to denounce the groups he didn’t denounce.
“The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hated and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups,” the White House said in a statement.
“He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”
NEW: WH on Pres. Trump's Charlottesville statements: "Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups" pic.twitter.com/4JjIi6qZ5x
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 13, 2017
Trump came under heavy criticism from even his own party after he remained silent during much of the Charlottesville violence before issuing a vague statement on Twitter saying we must “be united” and “condemn all that hate stands for.”
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Trump later spoke to reporters from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey where he said there was violence from “many sides.”
"On many sides." My God. Blessings to those who were/are on the wrong side of the whip, rope, gavel, badge, ballot. pic.twitter.com/ykpGrBKelL
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 12, 2017
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