In the wake of widespread riots and panic in Charlottesville, VA today, President Donald Trump addressed the American people to condemn violence and hatred from all political perspectives.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said at a press conference from his New Jersey golf club. “It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”
The “Unite the Right” rally set to take place today descended into a gruesome scene as law enforcement stood down and allowed ANTIFA and other leftist terrorists to violently prevent the protest. Police only came in to disperse “Unite the Right” protesters and force them away, deploying violence against them to crush their Constitutional rights. To make matters even worse, a vehicular homicide was committed during the mayhem as well. The identity and intent of the driver is currently unknown.
Despite Trump’s best efforts, both sides were unhappy with his attempt to cool tensions with his speech. Both contentious sides wanted Trump to come out vociferously against their opposition, but he stayed rather neutral.
“I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists,” former KKK leader David Duke said to the President in a Tweet.
Southern nationalist blogger Hunter Wallace offered up even harsher sentiments to the President in a series of Tweets saying, “Donald Trump had nothing to say when one of his own supporters was kidnapped and tortured in Chicago… Donald Trump is a cuck. The Republican establishment is just using him as a tool to pass GOP stuff.”
The liberal sentiment was just as negative toward the President. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said in a Tweet that Trump “needs to speak out against the poisonous resurgence of white supremacy. There are not ‘many sides’ here, just right and wrong.” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) doubted Trump’s “moral leadership.”
“Of course we condemn ALL that hate stands for. Until [President Trump] specifically condemns alt-right action in Charlottesville, he hasnt (sic) done his job,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a Tweet.
If Trump is intent on healing America’s wounds and bringing the nation together, he sure has his work cut out for him after the grizzly scene in Charlottesville this weekend.