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Saturday, 12 August 2017 17:02

Trump condemns Charlottesville violence but doesn't single out white nationalists for blame

Written by  John Wagner

Speaking from his resort in Bedminster, N.J., President Trump said, "The hate and division must stop. And must stop now." (The Washington Post)

BEDMINSTER, N.J. -- President Trump on Saturday condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the spate of violence unfolding in Charlottesville and called for “a swift restoration of law and order” -- but avoided placing blame on any particular party for the hate-fueled upheaval.

Trump spoke after hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed with counterprotesters in the streets and three cars later collided in a pedestrian mall packed with people, killing one person and injuring at least 10 others. 

In his remarks, at his private golf club here, N.J., Trump spoke out against “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

“It’s been going on for a long time in our country, not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time,”  Trump said, adding that he wanted to study the episode to learn what is wrong with the country.

[At least 10 pedestrians struck along route of white nationalist rally in Charlottesville]

He ignored shouted questions from reporters about what he thought of the white nationalists at the event who said they supported him and were inspired by his campaign.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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