At least three people have been killed, two Virginia State police officers felled in a helicopter crash and one demonstrator who died after a auto [allegedly driven by a white man identified by police as 20-year-old James Fields Jr.] intentionally rammed into protesters.
The president hasn’t addressed the matter on Sunday.
Trump’s mealy-mouthed remarks failed to identify the root cause of the violence or to express the moral outrage over the warped ideology of the white nationalists.
The mayor criticized Mr. Trump for his statement on Saturday, in which he says the president should have called out the white nationalist, neo-Nazi groups by name. “It’s been going on for a long time in our country”.
“I thought at times I got through to him, but obviously not”, Weimer said.
He ignored questions from reporters on whether he repudiated the political support of white nationalist groups, and whether he thought the alleged auto attack amounted to an act of terrorism.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who lost the Republican presidential nomination previous year to Trump, wrote on Twitter that it was important “for the nation” for Trump to describe the Charlottesville events “for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists”.
“Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists”, he said on Twitter. His hiring led to the departures of both Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus, Mr Trump’s former press secretary and Chief of Staff, respectively.
The former NY financier also linked the influence of Bannon to Trump’s president’s failure to forcibly denounce white supremacists who held a rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.
He added that the President needed “more loyalists” to implement his plans.
Late Saturday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that federal authorities will pursue a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe meanwhile condemned the violence and asked protesters to go back home.
Also before the statement, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, who chairs the Republican Party’s Senate election effort, called on the president to condemn “white supremacists” and to use the term. “You are not wanted in this great Commonwealth. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but patriots”. “Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups”, said the statement, given to reporters covering Trump as he vacations in Bedminster, N.J.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group based in Montgomery, Alabama, sent a blast fund-raising email calling Trump’s comments about unity “hollow”. He didn’t attack us. “We must begin to work together to heal our nation”.
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room”, the Daily Stormer wrote.
The Trump administration has been plagued by leaks from within the White House, including accounts of Mr Trump’s meeting with foreign leaders and diplomats.