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Sunday, 13 August 2017 14:03

Trump didn't call out white supremacists. He was rebuked by members of his own party.

Written by  Kristine Phillips

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

President Trump condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” in addressing the riots in Charlottesville on Saturday, when hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members who planned to stage a rally clashed with counterprotesters.

“The hate and division must stop. And must stop right now,” Trump said, reading a prepared statement at his resort in Bedminster, N.J. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.”

[One dead as car strikes crowds amid protests of white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville; two police die in helicopter crash]

He did not say which “sides” he was referring to, or whose hatred and bigotry he was condemning. He has yet to single out white nationalists or white supremacists, even after a car plowed into counterprotesters, killing one and injuring 19.

Trump's comments, while praised by the well-known neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, were met with widespread rebuke, even from members of his own party. Some were quick to point out that when triggered, Trump usually reacts swiftly and specifically, typically on Twitter.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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