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'Many sides' to blame for Virginia violence: Trump

AP
Published : Aug 13, 2017, 12:41 pm IST
Updated : Aug 13, 2017, 12:41 pm IST

Trump also contends that the 'hatred and bigotry' broadcast across the country had taken root long before his political ascendancy.

The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. (Photo: AP)
 The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. (Photo: AP)

Bedminster: President Donald Trump is blaming "many sides" for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump also contends that the "hatred and bigotry" broadcast across the country had taken root long before his political ascendancy. Trump's comments are drawing criticism from Republicans and Democrats who say he should be denouncing hate groups by name.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, a Democrat, says that he blames Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign last year. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, says that the president "must call evil by its name."

A neo-Nazi website is praising the president for not condemning white nationalist groups for the demonstration that turned violent. The Daily Stormer says that Trump's comments are good and amount to no condemnation at all.

Tags: donald trump, violent clashes, protesters, charlottesville
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