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Sunday, 13 August 2017 14:05

Anthony Scaramucci: Trump ‘Needed to be Much Harsher’ on White Supremacists

Written by  Complex

Ousted White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was only on the job 11 days, but that didn’t stop him from offering some unsolicited advice about President Donald Trump’s refusal to outright rebuke white supremacists for sparking the violence that left one woman dead and dozens of people injured in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday.

“I wouldn’t have recommended that statement,” Scaramucci told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on This Week. “I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that. I applaud General [H.R.] McMaster for calling it out for what it is. It’s actually terrorism.”

After learning white supremacists were believed to be the sole perpetrators of violence during their “Unite the Right” rally, Trump issued a statement condemning what he deemed an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”

We will continue to follow developments in Charlottesville, and will provide whatever assistance is needed. We are ready, willing and able. pic.twitter.com/mCTYBgUePi

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017

Aside from a failure to specifically condemn the white supremacist base that has been responsible for a rise in hate crimes against Muslims, immigrants and other marginalized groups since his election, many took issue with Trump’s perception of hatred and bigotry being displayed by “many sides.

Read more at Complex

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