Trump just gave his brief remark during a signing ceremony for a new Veterans Administration order. He also briefly spoke about the ongoing protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The protests have thus far left many injured and one person dead.
The president said that he was “closely following the terrible events unfolding” in the city. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides.”
See Trump’s statement below:
Trump: "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides." pic.twitter.com/w8eqvResnc
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 12, 2017
Unfortunately, the president never mentioned the ridiculous displays of white nationalism or Nazi symbols that were present during the protests. Of the hatred and bigotry, Trymo 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.”
The president made the remarks during the beginning of a bill signing event. The event was aimed at expanding a program that allows veterans to seek private medical care.
As his concluding remarks, Trump also said, “We have to heal the wounds of our country.”
Meanwhile, the mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer confirmed that one person passed away after a vehicle went through a group of counter-protesters during the white nationalist rally.
Read the Charlottesville’s mayor tweet below:
I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home.
— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
After Trump’s remarks, many people also took to Twitter to express their opinion about the event and the speech.
Read their tweets below:
This is complete madness. Neo-nazis and far right militias are marching on Virginia and the president won't explicitly condemn it.
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 12, 2017
As expected, dumb words from Trump. He has nothing to say. He doesn't care. He doesn't want to lose the support of Nazis.
— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) August 12, 2017
'Many sides" is the gold medal of dog whistles.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 12, 2017
To be clear: as a nazi rally turns deadly, the president devotes a few sentences to it, blaming "many sides," and then changes the topic.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) August 12, 2017
Make no mistake. Trump will never criticize Putin bc he is scared of him. He will never criticize white-supremacists bc he is one of them.
— rabia chaudry (@rabiasquared) August 12, 2017
The President is "all lives matter"-ing a Nazi -fueled incident of domestic terrorism.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) August 12, 2017
we are so fucked.
— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) August 12, 2017
Trump never calls out white supremacists for the same reason he never criticizes Putin: he welcomes their support and knows he needs it.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) August 12, 2017
Wow. We have a President who cannot condemn white supremacy. Wow. And nobody is surprised. We have white supremacists in the White House.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 12, 2017