Outcry from both GOP and Democrats after Trump faults 'many sides' at white nationalist rally


“We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
Trump made no reply to a reporter’s shouted question whether he had spoken out strongly enough against white nationalists.
In a statement issued after the president’s news conference, the White House defended Trump’s use of “many sides,” saying that he “was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides.
Prominent Democrats, civil rights activists and some Republicans said it was inexcusable of the president not to denounce white supremacy.
President — we must call evil by its name,” Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner wrote on social network Twitter.
Fighting broke out on Saturday in the city’s downtown, when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a nearly equal number of counter-protesters.
The violence began on Friday night, when hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches appeared at the campus in a display that critics called reminiscent of a Ku Klux Klan rally.
“We are determined to take our country back,” Duke said in a video reportedly from the rally.
The violence is the latest clash between far-rightists, some of whom have claimed allegiance to Trump, and the president’s opponents since his January inauguration, when black-clad anti-Trump protesters in Washington smashed windows, torched cars and clashed with police, leading to more than 200 arrests.
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