After His Initial Lack Luster Response; Donald Trump Finally Condemns White Supremacists For Charlottesville Violence
It took a while but after being criticized for his first response Donald Trump finally held a press conference condemning white supremacists for the Charlottesville violence. President Trump declared Monday that “racism is evil” and announced that the Justice Department will open a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that left one woman dead.
In a prepared speech Donald Trump stated;
To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence: You will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered.
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.
This response comes after his publicly criticized initial response when Trump did not directly call out white nationalists.
Vice President Pence defended Trump’s initial controversial weekend comments on the violent events.
“I think the president yesterday spoke into a national moment words that the American people needed to hear, that we condemn acts of violence, acts of hatred,” Pence said in an interview with NBC News on Sunday.
White nationalist led an unlawful protest on the University of Virginia Friday night to rally against the city’s planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Officials tried to shut down the “Unite the Right” rally and declared it an unlawful assembly.
Violence broke out on Saturday when white nationalist, Alt Right, and Neo Nazi’s held their Unite The Right rally came face to face with counter protesters. A 20-year-old Ohio man James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of people protesting the demonstration. The crash killed one woman, Heather Heyer, and wounded 19 others. He has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run.
In another incident a 20 year old black Dre Harris was brutally attacked by white supremacists in a parking garage. He was knocked unconscious repeatedly. Harris was diagnosed with a concussion, an ulnar fracture, and had to receive eight staples in my head. He also has a laceration across my right eyebrow, abrasions on his knees and elbows, and a chipped tooth.