'We must call evil by its name': Trump gets slammed for not specifically condemning white nationalists in Charlottesville

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 05:32:13 AM. 'We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,' Trump said Saturday. 'On many sides.'
President Donald Trump at the White House. AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump drew sharp criticism on Saturday for not singling out white nationalists when he condemned the  violent clashes that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia.  "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides," Trump said at a press conference. "On many sides." He added: "It's been going on for a long, long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It's been going on for a long, long time." Observers quickly latched onto Trump's statements and slammed him for not explicitly rebuking the #UniteTheRight white nationalist rally that was called in response to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia. "On many sides" is the low point of a presidency that's already had a record number of low points. — Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) August 12, 2017 'Many sides" is the gold medal of dog whistles. — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 12, 2017 To be clear: as a nazi rally turns deadly, the president devotes a few sentences to it, blaming "many sides," and then changes the topic. — Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) August 12, 2017 "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough, whom Trump has frequently criticized on Twitter, also weighed in.  The list of things Donald Trump is too weak and frightened to criticize:1. Vladimir Putin2. White Supremacists 3. Neo-Nazis...Read more
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