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Sunday, 13 August 2017 08:29

Al Gore tells Trump to 'try again' on Charlottesville statement

Written by  Emily Jashinsky

Former Vice President Al Gore on Saturday offered sharp criticism of Donald Trump's statement on the violence in Charlottsville, Virginia, calling on the president to "come back before the people" and "try again.


"Our country is facing a dangerous time with the rise of some of these hate groups," Gore said in response to a question from Mustafa Ali during his remarks at the annual Netroots Nation gathering of progressives. "When [the president] came out, he did not say anything about the fact that neo-Nazis and the KKK and the alt-right were out there trying to provoke hatefulness and divide people."

"And I was surprised," Gore continued, "that the statement appeared to give a kind of moral equivalence to the people who had organized this KKK, Nazi march and the people who said 'we're going to stand against fascism and nazism and racism' and we don't want that in our community."

Referring to the events as "a terrorist act," Gore addressed his remarks directly to Trump in the "off chance" they reached him. "Mr. president, for the sake of our country I would urge you to try again."

"I would urge you to give more thought to what it means to have a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazi movement marching and creating this kind of hatefulness," he added.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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