Trump criticised over response to white supremacists

Trump criticised over response to white supremacists

Trump criticised over response to white supremacists

U.S. authorities on Sunday are investigating the outbreak of violence in Virginia following a white nationalist rally that killed one person and injured more than 30, presenting U.S. President Donald Trump with a major domestic challenge.

"The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi, and all extremist groups", the White House spokesperson said.

"We have so many incredible things happening in our country", he said.

Virginia police have not yet provided a motive for a man plowing a auto into a crowd of people objecting to the white nationalists, but US attorneys and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have opened a civil rights investigation into the crash, an FBI field office said.

But that did little to deflect complaints that Trump needed to lean on family members and unnamed White House officials to single out the far right.

The White House has since clarified in a statement that his condemnation included white supremacists. The sight of racist goons wielding their hate-filled agenda conjures up images of an America many hoped was in the past, where minorities lived in fear and faced discrimination at all turns. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama.

The rally was a response to a white supremacist demonstration. Video on social media and Reuters photographs showed the auto hit a large group of counter-protesters who gathered to confront the white supremacists, sending some flying into the air. "You are not wanted in this great Commonwealth". Take your hatred and take your bigotry. "There is no place for you here".

Virginia's Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who declared a state of emergency following the unrest, is expected to visit Charlottesville today.

On Saturday, a auto smashed into an anti-white supremacy demonstration in Charlottesville, killing one protester and injuring 19 others.

Police later arrested a 20-year-old man who was allegedly the driver. He is facing multiple charges, including second-degree murder.

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As you'll remember our reporting yesterday, graphic video was released of a Dodge Challenger auto deliberately driving into protesters at a peaceful anti-racist rally in the Virginia city, injuring more than 20 people.

And Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, a Republican, said on Twitter that "White supremacists, Neo-Nazis and anti-Semites are the antithesis of our American values".

DW correspondent Maya Shwayder reported from the scene saying that the assault was a visibly traumatic experience for those present during the protests.

A 32-year-old woman, Heather D Heyer was killed in the crash, Charlottesville Police Department said. Counter-protesters massed in opposition. But critics call it an overtly racist symbol of slavery.

Bossert said Trump's statement was aimed at calming the situation in Charlottesville and emphasized that people should focus on the portion of the President's statement calling for unity and denouncing bigotry.

The Klan had officially endorsed Trump's presidential candidacy in 2016, and appear to have been emboldened by his administration's fierce crackdown on immigrants.

Even as we are focused on our own problems, our eyes and ears can't avoid turning attention overseas to the United States, where events are taking place that make Israel seem like an island of stability. He, and other figures related to the history of the Civil War, remain widely popular across much of the US south, as evidenced by statues and roads commemorating their war-time leaders.

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, tweeted, "We should call evil by its name".

"As many of you are aware, we're entrenched in a battle to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee". The same group is reportedly planning a "Free Speech Rally" on Boston Common next weekend.

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