The New York Daily News reports:
President Trump condemned white supremacists, the KKK and neo-Nazis after two days of mounting pressure for not singling out the hate groups for the violence in Charlottesville, Va.
“Racism is evil,” Trump said during an address at the White House on Monday. “And those that cause violence in its name are criminals and dogs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Trump condemned the attack on a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally in the Virginia on Saturday. Republicans and Democrats slammed Trump for nearly 48 hours after he neglected to rebuke the hate groups in his first speech on the attack on Saturday.
In that speech, and on Monday, he called for unity and love among all Americans. “And as I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws,” he said.
President Trump: “We all salute the same great flag.”
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— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 14, 2017
“As I said on Saturday…”
Remember that Trump never apologizes or admits error.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) August 14, 2017
Trump opens his remarks by once again taking credit for Barack Obama’s economy. Not a great start.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 14, 2017
It took Trump days to condemn the KKK.
It took him less than an hour to condemn a black CEO who quit his Manufacturing Council.
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) August 14, 2017
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 14, 2017
Feels too little, too late, too contrived, 48 hours later, too belabored. Trump White House on #Charlottesville
— Maria Hinojosa (@Maria_Hinojosa) August 14, 2017