Groups have gathered across the nation in solidarity against the violence that occurred at a planned white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our message is plain and simple: Go home. You think about the patriots today, the men and women who are wearing the cloth of our country, somewhere around the globe, they are putting their life in danger.
At least three people have been killed, two Virginia State police officers felled in a helicopter crash and one demonstrator who died after an unidentified auto intentionally rammed into protesters.
The president’s statement condemned hatred, bigotry, and violence on “many sides,” but did not mention what some politicians have called the “alt-right movement” in his remarks in a televised statement. After the riots the police have declared the action illegal and used tear gas to disperse the troublemakers.
Duke subsequently criticized Trump’s tweets, despite their failure to single out the white supremacists in Charlottesville.
The controversial “Unite the Right” march was organised to protest the removal of a statue honouring Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army in the 19th-century American Civil War.
“A vehicle plowing into people, would you call that terrorism sir?” another asked.
A reporter shouted a question to Trump about whether he had spoken out strongly enough against white nationalists but the president made no comment. Trump cannily utilized these white nationalists as shock-troops for his insurgent candidacy, going so far as officially placing alt-right guru Steve Bannon in the White House as a key presidential advisor.
“There is no place for this kind of violence in America”, Trump said, “Lets come together as one!” You will not succeed.
– “The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of “many sides”. I have seen many, many tweets about what has happened, but I have not seen it being called a riot.
“Bigotry and racism have no place in our society”. Who thought that was a good thing to say in the same speech in which Trump, theoretically, was trying to reassure people that what we all saw in Charlottesville is not, fundamentally, who we are?
And even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a staunch Trump supporter, wrote: “We reject the racism and violence of white nationalists like the ones acting out in Charlottesville“.
Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a “pro-white” rally to protest the city of Charlottesville’s decision to remove the confederate statue from a downtown park.