President Trump called for “love” and unity in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., but offered no rebuke to the white nationalist provocateurs or the driver who intentionally plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,”
Trump said Saturday at his country club in Bedminster, N.J.
Trump had not previously spoken about the clashes in Charlottesville on Saturday morning, which came after a Friday night rally by neo-Nazis marching through the historic University of Virginia campus with torches and Nazi garb.
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But the President was moved to address the nation about two hours after the driver of a silver Dodge Charger sped directly into a crowd of marchers, killing one and injuring more than a dozen.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe didn’t mince words later Saturday when he told white nationalists, “There is no place for you here. There is no place for you in America.”
“So please, go home and never come back,” the Democrat continued. “Take your hatred and your bigotry.”
Trump blamed all sides for the hatred that “has been going on for a long time in our country.”