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Trump Widely Slammed For Charlottesville Statement But Praised By White Supremacists

Trump Widely Slammed For Charlottesville Statement But Praised By White Supremacists

After the violence perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, Donald Trump took to the podium and gave what was widely seen as an inadequate statement of condemnation of the violence.

He said:

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides...It has no place in America, what is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order..."

Many, including prominent Republicans, felt his response didn't go far enough to call out the perpetrators of the violence by name.

One group that did appreciate Trump's comments, however, was the white nationalist website The Daily Stormer, which wrote:

Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us...

There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all.

He said he loves us all.

It went on:

“No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, [Trump] just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”

Democratic condemnation of Trump's statements was swift, including Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who said:

“The President’s talk of violence ‘on many sides’ ignores the shameful reality of white supremacism in our country today, and continues a disturbing pattern of complacency around such acts of hate."

Others expressed themselves on Twitter.

On Sunday, The White House tried to respond again, although Trump himself remained silent:

“The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred. Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”