In usual Trump fashion, the president failed to adequately recognize a domestic act of terror committed by a white supremacist. A driver in Charlottesville, VA plowed into the back of the car, and the substantial impact killed at least one person. Over a dozen others were seriously injured.
Trump spoke during a signing ceremony for a new Veterans Administration order. He did acknowledge the Charlottesville incident, yet there was one major problem with what he said.
“We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides.”
On many sides? What does he mean by that? This incident was a clear cut case of white nationalist terror. Nazi symbols and other white nationalist emblems were on full display in Charlottesville.
Trump added, “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 time.”
He concluded, “We have to heal the wounds of our country.”
Mayor Mike Signer tweeted:
“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home.”
I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home.
— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
Twitter is disgusted:
As expected, dumb words from Trump. He has nothing to say. He doesn't care. He doesn't want to lose the support of Nazis.
— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) August 12, 2017
This is complete madness. Neo-nazis and far right militias are marching on Virginia and the president won't explicitly condemn it.
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 12, 2017
'Many sides" is the gold medal of dog whistles.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 12, 2017
Make no mistake. Trump will never criticize Putin bc he is scared of him. He will never criticize white-supremacists bc he is one of them.
— rabia chaudry (@rabiasquared) August 12, 2017
To be clear: as a nazi rally turns deadly, the president devotes a few sentences to it, blaming "many sides," and then changes the topic.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) August 12, 2017
The President is "all lives matter"-ing a Nazi -fueled incident of domestic terrorism.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) August 12, 2017
Trump never calls out white supremacists for the same reason he never criticizes Putin: he welcomes their support and knows he needs it.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) August 12, 2017
Watch the clip below:
Trump: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides.” pic.twitter.com/w8eqvResnc
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 12, 2017
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