Trump condemns 'all types of racism' on anniversary of Charlottesville violence

Frederick Owens
August 14, 2018

"You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides", Trump had said.

He concluded, "So when you see the President here talk about he is condemning 'all types of racism, ' remember his record over his presidency and the campaign and even before that".

Trump revisited the Charlottesville controversy on Saturday, tweeting that the clashes "resulted in senseless death and division" and he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence".

The permit application for the rally had listed a number of white supremacist speakers including David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan and John Fitzgerald, who was barred from a Congress run as a Republican when he denied the Holocaust. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

The Trumps are not in Washington - the president is on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf resort - but both appeared keen to get a handle on the situation before it turned ugly.

Last year's protests in Charlottesville on August 11 saw hundreds of neo-Nazi sympathizers, accompanied by rifle-carrying men, chanting white nationalist and anti-Jewish slogans while wielding flaming torches - scenes reminiscent of racist rallies held before the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.

US President Donald Trump, often accused of denigrating non-white people, condemned racism on Saturday as the nation marked the anniversary of deadly unrest triggered by a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Today, I am feeling the same, now familiar feeling of rage and disgust at my fellow Americans, because the alt-right group that arranged the first Unite the Right rally is planning on taking over Washington for another protest.

Officials say a Charlottesville man who positioned himself in front of police motorcycle units also was arrested, as well as a Portland, Maine, woman following an altercation. Violent clashes between the white nationalists and counter-protesters ensued, and a 23-year-old counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed.

After meeting with Trump following the Charlottesville rally, Scott said, Trump asked him what he could do to "make a difference in the country and bring people together", Scott recalled.

On the day of the incident, President Trump tweeted saying that there is no place for hate in the country.

Fields was charged with 29 hate crimes.

"We celebrate the success of this economy without any question", he said. Another 18 percent say race relations have stayed about the same since Trump became president previous year. A Politico-Morning Consult poll found that "55 percent of voters say race relations have worsened under Trump, compared with 16 percent who say they have gotten better. I don't know. But he does seem to use race to divide and to amp up his base".

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