The Public is Furious Over President Trump's Refusal to Call Out White Supremacy
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The Public is Furious Over President Trump’s Refusal to Call Out White Supremacy

At least one person was killed Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a car mowed down a group of anti-racist protesters demonstrating against a white supremacist rally. The car crash came after violent scuffles between the opposing groups of demonstrators, which prompted Virginia officials to declare a state of emergency. Saturday’s events came after hundreds of white supremacists held a torchlit rally at the University of Virginia and chanted Nazi-linked slogans on Friday night. In a press conference from his golf club in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon, President Trump failed to condemn white supremacists by name, instead he said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides — on many sides.” “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. It has no place in America,” he said. Prior to the press conference, Trump tweeted a vague statement, denouncing “hate” and “violence” without specifically condemning white nationalists…”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!” …which white nationalist leader Richard Spencer then retweeted, suggesting Trump was actually condemning anti-fascist protesters. “Did Trump just denounce antifa?” (pronounced “anty-f-aaa”) He tweeted. Many people denounced the president’s comments for his failure to specifically condemn white supremacy. Sen. Cory Gardner, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, was among those calling out the president in a tweet, “Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.” Republican Senator Orrin Hatch tweeted, “My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.” The “on many sides” comment, and the failure to mention the car incident, also enraged many Americans. Many described the “on many sides” remark as a dog whistle to Trump’s white supremacist followers. One tweet read, “When conservatives like Trump condemn hatred, bigotry, and violence “on many sides”, this is a wink & a nod of approval to their followers.” And many pointed out the irony that Trump, who frequently criticized his opponents for not saying “radical Islamic terrorism” during the campaign, would not definitively condemn white supremacy. One tweet read, “He can’t say “white supremacy” or “racism” or “Nazism”…. But “radical Islamic terrorism” would have been easy.” “Anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead this country,” Trump told a Florida rally in September, referring to so-called radical Islamic terrorists.
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