In case you didn’t hear, Charlottesville, Virginia was rocked this weekend by nothing short of straight racism.
Ahead of Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally, white nationalists participated in an unlawful assembly in which they quite literally held Nazi propaganda and condemn black people along with Jewish people. It was an act of racism we have yet to see in our generation.
Trump remarked on the incident on Saturday, obviously doing a shitty job. So, the White House released a supplemental statement on Sunday. The White House statement mentioned specific hate groups by name and condemned the acts of violence.
The statement was made in order to clarify what President Trump said on Saturday.
The statement said,
“Of course the president condemns violence by white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.”
Trump, in his speech, declined to name the groups behind the rally, instead blaming “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides.”
The White House then said,
“The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”
The official statement comes after lawmakers on both sides blamed Trump for failing to take a strong enough stand.
Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 12, 2017
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 12, 2017