Hate boils over at deadly rally in Va.

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

Trump gave a statement Saturday pointing to "many sides" as being responsible for the violence; but while he denounced bigotry, he did not condemn white supremacy.

The white nationalist "Unite the Right" demonstration - organized by right-wing blogger Jason Kessler - was organized in protest of a plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Senator John McCain of Arizona said Saturday's events marked "a confrontation between our better angels and our worst demons".

Trump later tweeted: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for".

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump said.

"I think there are elements inside of Washington, also inclusive in the White House, that are not necessarily abetting the President's interests or his agenda". He just said the nation should come together.

US President Donald Trump has come under fire for his "weak" response to the deadly clashes between white supremacists and counter-protest groups in Charlottesville, Virginia. "But what they found when they showed up were groups from outside that showed up on both sides, looking for trouble, dressed in riot gear, prepared for violence".

The seeming contradiction between that contention and McMaster's suggestion in the NBC interview - that Trump may have failed to fully articulate his repudiation of specific hate groups - illustrated the frequent difficulty that administration officials have in trying to interpret the president's controversial remarks or tweets.

Trump's alliances with groups advocating racial intolerance range from the formal bond with Bannon to a wink and nod relationship with Duke to the feeling of millions of racists that they have an ally in the White House.

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Hundreds of white nationalists marched Friday night on the Charlottesville campus of the University of Virginia, carrying burning torches - a symbol associated with the KKK and its lynchings in the early to mid 20th century. One woman - 32-year-old Heather Heyer - was killed and 19 others were injured, according to Charlottesville City Police Department.

The city government identified the driver of the auto that hit the pedestrians as James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old OH resident, and said he's been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one of a hit-and-run.

"To the white supremacists and the neo-Nazis who came to our state yesterday, there is no place for you here", he said.

Asked if Trump did so because he thought racists made up a portion of his base, Gardner said, "White supremacists, white nationalists, they're not a part of anybody's base;" he added that Republicans did not want white supremacists in their base and said that point needed to be made "crystal clear".

Duke responded via Twitter, telling Trump to "take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists".

"There's an old saying, when you dance with the devil, the devil changes you", Signer said, referring to the messaging that marked Trump's presidential bid.

A phone recording between Mr Scaramucci and a journalist was then released in which the communications directly attacked then White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

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