Trump Responds to Charlottesville Violence: We Condemn Hatred and Bigotry ‘on Many Sides’

Washington Free Beacon | 8/12/2017 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

President Donald Trump condemned hatred and bigotry "on many sides" on Saturday in response to the unfolding violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Clashes - Supremacists - Counter-protesters - Charlottesville - Friday

Violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville occurred Friday and Saturday, leading Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.

A person then plowed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday morning; according to reports, at least one person is dead and 19 have been injured.

Terms - Display - Bigotry - Violence - Sides

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides," Trump said. "It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It's been going on for a long, long time."

Trump's use of the phrase "on many sides" drew criticism for seemingly suggesting the conduct of white supremacists was on par with counter-protesters.

Trump - Restoration - Law - Order - Citizens

Trump called for a "swift restoration of law and order," saying no citizens should fear for their safety and security.

"We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation—and I say this so strongly—true affection for each other," Trump said.

Employment - US - Renegotiation - Trade - Deals

He then discussed the "record employment" in the U.S. and renegotiation of trade deals as examples of...
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