US President Donald Trump drew criticism from members of his own Republican party on Saturday after failing to explicitly condemn white supremacists following a deadly car-ramming at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Mayor Michael Signer, a Democrat, said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign a year ago.
He did not answer questions from reporters about whether he rejected the support of white nationalists or whether he believed the vehicle crash was an example of domestic terrorism.
Trump on Saturday said “many sides” were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville.
Trump’s response was criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle for failing to name white supremacist or alt-right groups involved in the protests. A recent study found that between 2008 and 2016, the number of designated terrorist attacks on USA soil carried out by right-wing extremist groups, including white supremacists, outnumbered those carried out by Islamists by 2 to 1. – Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Twitter.
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., tweeted: “Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home”.
When pressed, he specifically condemned the racist groups. There’s two words that need to be said over and over again: “domestic terrorism and white supremacy”, Signer said. His comment comes in spite of an analysis of the campaign cycle that revealed that “Trump shared more Breitbart links to his more than 15 million followers than any other news organization”. It’s his decision. But I mean, at the end of the day, I think the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House.
Around the same time, Gabriel Sherman of NY magazine reported that Trump was overheard on a hot mic telling Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that “Rupert’s been a lot better to me than Roger ever was”.
Asked if he believed “Bannonbart” had an influence on President Trump’s thinking, Scaramucci replied: “I would say no”.
He said that if he was still working in the White House, he would not have recommended Trump make the statement he did.
SCARAMUCCI: Yes. The whole thing is nonsensical. If the president really wants to execute that legislative agenda that I think is so promising for the American people, the lower-middle class people and the middle class people, then he has to move away from that sort of Bannon-bart nonsense.