The Transcript Of Donald Trump’s Charlottesville Speech That Finally Condemned Neo-Nazis
Following fierce criticism of his response to the violence in Charlottesville, President Trump specifically denounced white supremacists in a new statement on Monday afternoon. On Saturday, Trump had condemned violence he deemed to come from "many sides" that transpired at the "Unite the Right" rally where, Heather Heyer, an anti-racist protester, was killed by a white nationalist who intentionally drove his car into a crowd of protesters. Roughly 20 others were wounded.
In a televised statement on Monday, he denounced several of the white supremacist groups who were present in Charlottesville by name.
Trump's initial response to the situation in Charlottesville was much more vague and failed to specify whether he was condemning violence committed by white nationalists or those opposing them.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides," he said on Saturday. "On many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time."
Trump's Saturday statement was praised on the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer, with one commenter calling it "very, very good" and highlighting the president's decision to not directly attack white nationalist groups.
Clearly he heard the anger of America