After nearly three full days of silence from President Trump when it comes to condemning the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who participated in the Saturday rally in Charlottesville, the president has finally delivered a speech denouncing the terrible acts.
Donald Trump finally responded to the tragic attack on innocent protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia just moments ago.
Both via Tweets and in an address to the media, the president condemned hate “on many sides” in response to violent white nationalist protests and a terrorist attack which involved a vehicle plowing through a group of anti-hate protesters, killing one and injuring 19 in the city’s downtown area.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," Trump said in a brief statement at his private golf club in New Jersey. "It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America."
Trump also called for a “study” of the “situation,” even though pretty much anyone with a brain knows why what happened did (aka racism). Also, the “on many sides” comment rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, as if to say that the white racist protesters have ever experienced any type of oppression from anyone.
In a tweets sent out between 1 and 2 p.m. EDT, Donald Trump called the events in Charlottesville “sad” and said “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!”
The internet was largely unhappy about the dancing act the president made in his remarks and the refusal to address the root of why the attack happened explicitly. Check out Donald Trump’s reaction to the events in Charlottesville as well as social media’s reaction to that below.
Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Donald Trump needs to realize that it's members of his base that are primarily to blame for what is happening in Charlottesville.— David Putnam (@davidmputnam) August 12, 2017
This all started when Trump got into office, Obama didn't bring out the KKK and support them.— Lit😉 (@LittyyPrincess) August 12, 2017
Remember all the grief he and others gave Obama for not calling out "Islamic terrorists" by name? I certainly do. 1/2— ❄❄❄It's Coming❄❄❄ (@LTrctrc) August 12, 2017
#Charlottesville We don't need to 'STUDY' this. Our biggest mistake is having Trump as the POTUS. Not one word about denouncing the KKK— beth webber (@beth_webber) August 12, 2017
By not calling out white supremacists, fascists and neo-Nazis by name, Trump gave em a wink and a nod — he has their back. #Charlottesville— Bill Madden (@activist360) August 12, 2017
He must be joking Trump says going to study #Charlottesville to understand how it could happen - just go across the hall and ask Bannon.— Karen Finney (@finneyk) August 12, 2017
Trump didn't denounce white supremacists, he didn't denounce the kkk, he didn't denounce nazis. He failed #Charlottesville & failed America.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 12, 2017
(Photos from left: Brennan Gilmore via Twitter, Mark Wilson/Getty Images)