President Donald Trump Comments on Deadly White Supremacist Rallies: ‘We All Must Be United’

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UPDATED Aug. 12, 12:45 p.m. PT: Donald Trump said that he condemns “in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides.”

He called for unity, but he did not specifically name any of the hate groups involved in the violent clashes during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

“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 noted. “We’re going to make America great again, but we’re going to make it great for all of the people of the United States of America,” he concluded before using the platform to sign his Accountability Act for veteran affairs from Bedminster, N.J.

The mayor of Charlottesville said that one person died. A car was driven into a group of counter-demonstrators, apparently by intent, and authorities said that there were also multiple injuries.

His statement can be viewed below.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has commented on Saturday’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, writing on Twitter that “we ALL must be united and condemn all that hate stands for.”

“There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one,” he wrote.

Trump issued a second tweet calling the situation “sad.”

He was expected to make further remarks in the mid-afternoon from Bedminster, N.J., where he has been on a working vacation.

As the rally broke out into violence, Trump had come under criticism for no releasing a statement earlier in the day, even as supporters said that he was focused on the unfolding situation in North Korea.

Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement soon after, saying that he stands with the president “against hate and violence.”

On Saturday, hundreds of demonstrators, including white nationalists, white supremacists, and the alt-right, clashed with other protesters in Charlottesville, Va. early Saturday as the right wing groups planned to rally to defend a statue of Civil War confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from being removed.

Trump’s reaction still drew some criticism for not specifically calling out the white nationalists and white supremacists. Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, said on CNN that he found Trump’s statement “generic.”

Some of the demonstrators identified themselves as Trump supporters, and among them were white supremacist David Duke, who told reporters that the rally “represents a turning point. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That is what we believe in and that is why we voted for Donald Trump.”

The Charlottesville demonstration, which was called “Unite the Right,” gained widespread attention on Friday evening, when hundreds of white nationalists, bearing tiki torches, marched on the campus of the University of Virginia and chanted, “You will not replace us.” Some chanted Nazi slogans.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency to assist in the state’s response, as did local officials. Although the rally was supposed to start at noon, police declared it an unlawful assembly and ordered people to disperse. The White House has been in contact with the governor’s office.

As images of the protests dominated social media and cable news, there was an increasing focus on Trump’s response and if/when he would actually make one. First Lady Melania Trump weighed in on the protests about an hour before Trump sent his tweet.

The Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the Lee statue and to rename Lee Park to Emancipation Park. A number of municipalities across the country have also removed emblems from the Confederate era, including the Confederate flag.

 

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  1. cadavra says:

    So when he says we must all be united, does that include the Mexican rapists, the Muslim terrorists, the violent inner-city thugs, the short guys with beanies, the scientists with their phony warnings, the fake news media, the guys who were captured and the fat pigs who won’t let him grope them? Just trying to clarify.

  2. george johnson says:

    There is not one scenario where anyone has proposed to explain how this attack could be actual domestic terrorism but that doesn’t stop all of the harpies and magpies from chanting “domestic terrorism” over and over. It is far MORE conspiratorial and terrorism to call up the Antifa and BLM people and instruct them to arrive at a nationalist rally and make trouble, punching people, throwing things, taunting, provoking and blocking roads until you make one idiot road rage and run someone over. That is a true anti-American terrorist conspiracy.

  3. Stevie P says:

    Where were you all when the people were rioting in Baltimore asking for the president to make a statement or name a group or groups responsible. They burned part of the city. Looted businesses. I don’t remember any of you calling on the president at that time to name a group. EVERY hate group needs to be combated and addressed.

    • Presskh says:

      Exactly, Steve. The liberal media gives a pass to blacks burning and pillaging their own city, saying it is “black rage” against past oppression. However, when a group of people get a lawful permit to stage a peaceful protest against monument removals and are met with unlawful club-carrying counter-protesters, the blame is put on those with the lawful permit. Also, they expect Trump to call out the permitted protesters exercising their 1st ammendment rights, while saying nothing about the unlawful left-wing thugs who showed up with clubs and instigated the violence.

  4. Noel O'Neill says:

    Trump knew This rally was going to happen. He should have called in the national guard but he’s in bed with David Dukes because of the election. He’s no leader just a delusional coward who thinks being liked is more important than being respected! America has lost all respect in him!!!!!

  5. Rudy Mario says:

    Second term guaranteed. The trioka is solidly united behind Trump!

  6. More pathetic platitudes from a poseur president pretending to be a populist. His statement has the sincerity, eloquence and original thought of a robo-written press release for a sale of stale donuts.
    “There is no place for this kind of violence in America.”
    As if we needed a gold-plated president to tell us that!
    He needs to return to his golfing tribe, there is no place for this kind of president in America.

    • Led says:

      Sir you are why our country is just plain old sick. you can never allow anything positive be said or done by Trump. Sir, reap the seeds of hatred you and your ilk have sown. “They sowed the wind, and now, they are going to reap the whirlwind.” if you have no charity or justice for others how do you expect it to be shown to you? do you wish to crush to dust those who don’t agree with you? again, “reap the whirlwind” in response to your injustice. good luck in trying to keep a grasp or handle on “the whirlwind”. guess you will be angry, uncharitable, and depressed for a while.

  7. Mark says:

    These people claim to be christians. You cannot be a real christian if you voted for donny drumpf or are one of his white nationalist supporters. These idiots are anti-American and should be arrested for sedition.

    • Carl Baggins says:

      Mark: Christians voted for Trump BECAUSE they are Christians. Trump is anti-killing of babies, and anti-promotion of sexual deviancy…just so you understand.

  8. Silly Liberals says:

    This is sad. We are one nation with many different colors. Do not rip down history, embrace it and learn from it.

  9. James says:

    David Duke and the leader of this mess said they were there in Trump’s name and to bring his policies forward, so it is a bit late to try and distance himself from a group that say they are they speaking for him. He has made it OK to be racist without the sheets.

    • Silly Liberals says:

      Like Obama eased race relations? Good luck on that lie.

      • Inspector clouseau says:

        The truth……..Another liberal in denial. Yeah right Obama pushed for social justice. No he pushed for destruction of society with his own treasonous agendas.

      • The Truth says:

        Silly: Obama did not ease race relations because many Americans are fine with being racists and did not appreciate being dragged kicking and screaming toward a more enlightened democracy. Perhaps you’re one of them. Nevertheless, Obama stood for social justice, while Trump has validated and glorified bigotry. If you don’t believe me, just ask David Duke. Calling for unity when you’ve built your political brand by cravenly stoking anger and division is yet another sterling example of Trump’s hypocritical cluelessness.

        And where’s Mr. Law & Order Tough Guy now that his supporters are marching with torches on college campuses they don’t attend to keep the memory of rebellion in support of human slavery alive? In a dick-measuring contest with Kim Jong-un.

  10. tripledipper says:

    Be careful racist POTUS. You might piss off your bigot base.

    • Led says:

      so when will we outlaw the Democrat Party for supporting the Confederacy (almost all were Democrats) and the creation of the KKK (all were Democrats) and the promotion of Planned Parenthood in minority neighborhoods (all controlled by majority Democrat politicians) to keep minority birth rates low. Again when will the USA and the various southern & northern state & city governments outlaw the Democrat Party for their willing support in these national travesties, insurrections, genocides & disasters?

  11. Martin J Camp says:

    Trump the Grand Dragon himself hath spoken.

    • Silly Liberals says:

      Look up Robert Byrd and you will find out the history of the lan in the Democratic Party.

      • The Truth says:

        How dense can you be? The clan was originally aligned with the Dixiecrats, but now they’re aligned with the GOP, more specifically with “the promise of Donald Trump.” Does someone have to tattoo this on your forehead? The fundamental issue regarding the Charlottesville demonstration is getting beyond the continued glorification of shameful history. No matter how honorable Robert E. Lee may have been, he’s on the wrong side of history. Public display of the Confederate flag and any other emblems venerating the Confederacy — including public memorials of misguided Confederate “heroes” — are unacceptable in contemporary America. Battling to preserve slavery deserves no celebrations.

  12. SilentVelcro says:

    You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube…

    • Led says:

      @The Truth
      How dense can you be? You somehow equate Trump with the KKK even though he is helping the governor of VA put down this violence and restore order. You do realize the National Guard was used in VA dont you? You know the same National Guard whose Commander-in-Chief is POTUS Trump?

      You do know POTUS Trump has been working with Gov McAuliffe to establish law & order, dont you? You do realize that the VA National Guard is a component of the DOD and receives its funding from the Federal Government?

      Why promote a lie? If we used your logic, every southerner is guilty of the same thing you falsely accuse POTUS Trump with. Give me a break. You are part of the hatred and friction that brings people to rioting with your lies about people you don’t even know.

  13. Carl Baggins says:

    Trump is an outstanding President. Great job, sir. MAGA.

  14. Steve Barr says:

    What a hypocrite . His whole campaign was about division. This is what he is.

    • Led says:

      @The Truth

      The only “fake patriots” are liberals who tolerate the violence of neo-marxist groups at Berkley and elsewhere yet faun fake outrage about the neo-nazis in VA. You do realize that nazis are socialists dont you and worked hand in hand with marxists for the last 100 years? If Hitler hadn’t invade Russia, Stalin and Hitler would have been joint rulers of Europe together. Since they were both egomaniacs and bloodthirsty dictators they then fought each other but there is no difference between the neo-marxist non-white antifa & neo-nazi white socialists movements of today and stalin’s marxists and hitler’s nazis of the 1930s & 40s. Different fingers on the same evil hand.

    • Silly Liberals says:

      I guess you were asleep last 8 years. Must be nice living off of taxpayer dollars.

      • The Truth says:

        The Obama years must have been miserable for you, Silly. But cheer up. There’s a fake patriot, blowhard bigot in the White House now. Enjoy it while you can.

  15. He’s so full of crap. You don’t unite with racists and white supremacism. This comment is nothing more than trying to legitimize these useless butt wipes as being normal when they should be marginalized.

    • Led says:

      The left and Obama are so full of crap and their supposed “outrage” with domestic terror. …when did Obama ever condemn anyone or any group for killing cops? you also know there were in addition to white neo-nazi groups in VA, white & non-white neo-marxist groups dont you? who have been committing terror all over the country in the last 8 years and Obama did & said nothing about them? dont you?

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