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

By David Rutz

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

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.

“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 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.

He then discussed the “record employment” in the U.S. and renegotiation of trade …read more

Source:: Washington Free Beacon