Trump calls KKK, neo-Nazis 'repugnant' after outrage at tepid Charlottesville response

Tuesday, 15 Aug, 2017

President Trump has never been one to mince words.

Whole episode has brought back memories of February 2016 when Trump hesitated for a week before condemning the KKK after having been offered campaign support.

On Saturday, Charlottesville saw a major rally of far-right nationalists dubbed "Unite the Right" held in protest for the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. During a rally on Saturday, one such nationalist drove his vehicle into a crowd of counter protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others.

Trump said he met with new FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and that they are opening a civil rights investigation.

Two police officers died when their helicopter crashed near the site of the clashes.

Trump addressed the Charlottesville, Va., attack that resulted in a woman's death amid mass demonstrations.

Republican lawmakers and other members of Trump's party issued strong statements about Saturday's events, while Democrats criticized Trump outright for failing to single out white supremacists groups who were at the center of the chaos. But he will likely be unable to escape questions and criticism for his initial response to the Saturday's violence, for which he blamed bigotry on "many sides".

He called it an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence", specifically condemning the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Many of those who witnessed the violence in Charlottesville would challenge him to do so again - condemn the man and his philosophy.

Moore added: "The right remains too passive and the left remains too political when it comes to ethnic divisions in this country".

- David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) August 12, 2017So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us?

"Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry struck at the heart of America", Trump said.

President Donald Trump said "racism is evil" and that anyone who causes violence in its name are "criminals and thugs".

"He condemned it. He called for unity in our country". "We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. We can not allow a group of cowards instill fear in our communities", Perez said.

"Anytime that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it meets the definition of terrorism", commented in turn the President's national security adviser, HR McMaster.

What the president could have also acknowledged is that heartbreak in Charlottesville began long before things turned violent.