On Saturday morning, Donald Trump’s Twitter account was notably silent despite white supremacists and anti-facists clashing at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Many social media users picked up on how the usually vocal President was taking so long to comment on the situation.
Eventually, Trump finally Tweeted: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”
In a press conference later on, Trump said: “We're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides. On many sides.”
The comments, however, did little to appease those on Twitter, the likes of JK Rowling, Patton Oswalt, and Ava DuVernay blasting the President for ambiguously blaming "many sides". See a selection of comments below.
Officials in Charlottesville declared a state of emergency shortly after 11am local time as the clashes became more violent, with punches thrown between rival groups and pepper spray released in the crowd.
Michael Signer, the town’s mayor, gave a statement laying blame on Trump, saying: "I'm not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the President."
Charlottesville, Virginia Protests
Charlottesville, Virginia Protests
1/9 Statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee
The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands behind a crowd of hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' during the 'Unite the Right' rally 12 August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. They are protesting the removal of the statue from Emancipation Park in the city.
2/9 Militia armed with assault rifles
White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' with body armor and combat weapons evacuate comrades who were pepper sprayed after the 'Unite the Right' rally was declared a unlawful gathering by Virginia State Police. Militia members marched through the city earlier in the day, armed with assault rifles.
3/9 Trump supporters at the protest
A white nationalist demonstrator walks into Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday after violence erupted at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.
4/9 Racial tensions sparked the violence
White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' exchange insults with counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Lee Park during the 'Unite the Right' rally
5/9 Protesters clash and several are injured
White nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. A state of emergency is declared.
6/9 A car plows through protesters
A vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The incident resulted in multiple injuries, some life-threatening, and one death.
7/9 State police stand ready in riot gear
Virginia State Police cordon off an area around the site where a car ran into a group of protesters after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
Rescue personnel help injured people after a car ran into a large group of protesters after an white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
President Donald Trump speaks about the ongoing situation in Charlottesville, Virginia from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. He spoke about "loyalty" and "healing wounds" left by decades of racism.
He was speaking shortly before it emerged one person had been killed and several others injured when a car hit anti-fascist protesters.
The clashes broke out at a "Unite the Right" protest over the decision by the local government to remove a statue of the leading Confederate general, Robert E Lee, during the American Civil War.
Source : http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/trump-charlottesville-donald-president-jk-rowling-twitter-virginia-far-right-rally-nazi-white-a7890586.html