Who Is Terry McAuliffe? The Virginia Governor Did What Trump Wouldn't
If you're wondering who is Terry McAuliffe, this Virginia governor publicly condemned white supremacists after violence claimed the lives of three in his state Saturday. "I have a message to the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today,” McAuliffe said during a press conference. “Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but patriots.” Critics of the president were quick to note that the governor named the hate group explicitly for causing the violence, versus Trump, who said there was guilt on "many sides."
Gov. McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Saturday after attendees of a planned "Unite the Right" rally clashed with counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Va., resulting in at least three civilian deaths and more than two dozen injuries. In the state of emergency Gov. McAuliffe said that in the days and weeks leading up to the rally, his administration engaged in extensive planning and preparation to ensure that the rally in Charlottesville could be held in a safe and lawful environment. When things started to get out of hand, he was quick to respond.
“It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property," Gov. McAuliffe said. "I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours. The actions I have taken are intended to assist local government and restore public safety."
Below is the Governor's statement regarding the emergency declaration he authorized this morning: pic.twitter.com/yS1E9mispG— Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) August 12, 2017
While McAuliffe clearly denounces the actions of the white supremacists, in his press conference President Trump seemed unwilling to do so, and people are furious.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides — on many sides,” Trump said during his press conference, Buzz Feed News reported. "So we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville and we want to study it and we want to see what we're doing wrong as a country, where things like this can happen."