After two days of criticism, US President Donald Trump finally issued a statement on the Virginia rally violence, in which he denounced White Supremacy and Neo-Nazi hate groups that organized Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Watch Below: Footage of the deadly car ramming attack in Virginia
US President Donald Trump has been heavily criticized over the last few days for his mild condemnation of the violent White Supremacist riots in Charlottesville this past Saturday, that ended in a deadly car ramming attack. However, today (Monday) after clear pressures, Trump finally responded to the events in a much more assertive way, stating in a televised statement from the White House, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.”
Trump said he had spoken with the head of the FBI, who updated him that an investigation had been opened into the car ramming attack that killed an innocent woman and injured 20 others. Trump denounced neo-Nazis, the KKK and other racist hate groups: “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Trump’s initial statement was deemed too soft Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The president continued, “To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered. No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws. We all salute the same great flag and we are all made by the same almighty god.”
Counter-protesters injured in the deadly car ramming Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
In the immediate aftermath of the violence in Virginia, Trump made an initial statement, criticized by many being too soft: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has been going on for a long, long time,”
Flowers laid at the scene of the car ramming Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Furthermore, an indictment was filed today against the driver who plowed down counter-protesters, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. who has been remanded without bail. As previously reported by JOL, details from Fields’ life were revealed, including his high school fascination with Adolf Hitler, as described by his former history teacher Derek Weimer.