“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for,” the president stated on Twitter shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. “Lets come together as one!”
By then, a “Unite the Right” rally planned for noon — originally intended to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the city's Emancipation Park — had been canceled as Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) declared a state of emergency.
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
The president's silence had been noticeable Friday night, as a few hundred tiki torch-bearing white supremacists — mostly young men — paraded through the University of Virginia campus while chanting racist taunts and flaunting Nazi paraphernalia, The Washington Post's Joe Heim reported.
Even as many online called for Trump to respond, his Twitter feed remained quiet into Saturday morning as the Charlottesville clashes escalated into open brawls and weapons being hurled into the air.Read more at WashingtonPost