Following Saturday’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—which was deemed an “unlawful assembly” by the Commonwealth of Virginia shortly after it began—a number of political leaders took to social media to voice their concerns and to condemn the protesters’ behavior. Finally, in the afternoon,
Donald Trump did too.
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America,” the president tweeted on Saturday afternoon, not directly addressing the situation in Charlottesville.
Then, after reiterating that he is spending his not-vacation with “meetings & press conference,” the president revealed that he had just one word for what went on in Virginia earlier that day:
The “Unite the Right” rally was held in response to rising tensions brought on by immigration reform and the Charlottesville city council gradually rebranding away from their Confederate Civil War monuments. In April, it voted to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park—and on Friday night, alt-right protesters gathered around that statue with tiki torches, shouting slogans like “You will not replace us” and “Blood and soil.” The protests were condemned by Charlottesville mayor
Mike Signer and Virginia governor
Terry McAuliffe issued a State of Emergency in response.
Other leaders were more specific (and prompt) than Trump in addressing the protests on Saturday morning, with Senators
Elizabeth Warren and
Bernie Sanders both calling out the protesters’ “racism” and “hatred.”
On the Republican side, Senator
Marco Rubio called the protests “the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be.”
Paul Ryan shamed the “vile bigotry” of those who gathered.
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