Calls for â€˜All Americans to Come Togetherâ€™
Thirty-six hours after protests began in Virginia, an unnamed spokesperson for the White House has condemned white supremacy, the KKK, neo-Nazis and â€œall extremist groupsâ€ on behalf of Donald Trump.
â€œThe president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred,â€ the statement, emailed to the presidentâ€™s traveling press pool, read. â€œOf course that includes white supremacists, K.K.K. neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.â€
The statement comes one day after Donald Trump refused to denounce white supremacism, white nationalism or neo-Nazism in the aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one counter-protestor dead.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides," Trump said Saturday, a statement that drew bi-partisan criticism, but praise from neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer:
In case you're wondering if President Trump inspires neo-nazis--this is from their publication The Daily Stormer: pic.twitter.com/cT4OZv7VMP
â€” Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) August 12, 2017
Former KKK Grand Wizard and vocal, vile white supremacist David Duke, who Donald Trump refused to disavow on the campaign trail, called the rally in Charlottesville a â€œturning point for the people of this country.â€
â€œWe are determined to take our country back, we're going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump,â€ Duke said. â€œAnd that's what we believed in, that's why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he's going to take our country back and that's what we gotta do.â€
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