Donald Trump claimed there was violence and bigotry on 'many sides' and people are furious

Sunday 13 August 2017 09:00
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United States President Donald Trump's failure to condemn white nationalist protestors has been met with fire and fury.

One person has died and 19 have been injured when a car was rammed into a crowd of anti-far right protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe has confirmed that three persons have died, including the victim of the vehicle attack.

According to the Charlottesville Police Department, another 15 people have been injured in violence relating to the far right demonstration.

The violence was carried out at a far right march, which had officially been cancelled by local officials, yet activists wielding white supremacist banners, and confederate flags nevertheless assembled around Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, as did counter-demonstrators such as Black Lives Matter.

'Unite the Right', a white nationalist grouping, had called the march to protest plans to remove a statue of a Confederate, pro-slavery Civil War general.

Video posted on social media shows on a car ploughing into a grouping of cars and densely packed crowd of members of the counter demonstrators.

Virginia officials have confirmed that 20-year-old Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee Ohio, was arrested has been booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and failure to stop an accident involving death.

President Trump tweeted condolences to the families of the three persons killed on Saturday.

President Trump condemns violence 'on many sides'

Speaking from his golf course in New Jersey on Saturday, the President condemned violence on many sides.

We are 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,

Shaking his head as he reiterated 'on many sides', the President continued,

It's been going on for a long time in our country.

Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama.

This has been going on for a long, long time, it has no place in America.

What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.

No citizen should fear for their safety and security in our society and no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time.

Referring to a phone called with McAuliffe, the President said they had agreed that:

...the hate and the division must stop and must stop right now.

We have to come together as Americans with love for our nations, and true affection, and really I say this so strongly, true affection for each other.

Later in his statement the President segued into promoting up his economic record such as high employment, low unemployment, automobile manufacturers relocating in America and trade deals.

Prior to his words from Bedminster, the President tweeted:

His remarks and emphasis on violence 'on many sides' has provoked outrage from fellow Republicans, Democrats, and vocal critics of his administration.

Republican Senator from Colorado Cory Gardner:

Republican Senator from Florida Marco Rubio:

Republican Senator from Utah Orin Hatch:

Republican Congresswoman from Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:

Star Trek actor and civil liberties advocate George Takei:

HT BBC, The Hill

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