Republicans And Democrats Slam Trump For Not Specifically Condemning White Nationalists In Charlottesville

President Donald Trump at the White House.
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President Donald Trump drew sharp criticism on Saturday for not singling out white nationalists when he condemned the violent clashes that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides," Trump said at a press conference. "On many sides."

He added: "It's been going on for a long, long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It's been going on for a long, long time."

Observers quickly latched onto Trump's statements and slammed him for not explicitly rebuking the #UniteTheRight white nationalist rally that was called in response to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike were particularly critical of Trump's lackluster condemnation:

—Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017 ' data-e2e-name="embed-container" data-media-container="embed"> —Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017 ' data-e2e-name="embed-container" data-media-container="embed"> —Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) August 12, 2017 ' data-e2e-name="embed-container" data-media-container="embed"> —Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 12, 2017 ' data-e2e-name="embed-container" data-media-container="embed"> —Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) August 12, 2017 ' data-e2e-name="embed-container" data-media-container="embed">

Source : http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-gets-slammed-for-not-condemning-white-nationalists-in-charlottesville-2017-8

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