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Trump criticised for not blaming riots on racists

2017-08-13 HKT 17:58
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President Trump has been criticised by Democrats and some Republicans for failing to denounce far-right extremists over the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

There have been pitched battles between hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazi sympathisers and those opposed to them.

At least one person was killed - when a car was driven at speed into a group and anti-racism protesters. Many more have been injured.

The white supremacists had gathered in the city to protest against a decision to remove a statue of the confederate civil war leader General Robert E Lee.

While President Trump denounced the violence, he blamed both sides and avoided specifically mentioning the white supremacists - many of whom suppport him.

He said: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

Senior Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said this ignored the shameful reality of white supremacism in America - and continued a disturbing pattern of complacency around acts of hate.

The Republican senator Marco Rubio said the nation needed to hear the president describe events in Charlottesville as a terror attack by white supremacists.

Another Republican senator, Cory Gardner, tweeted “Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.” (AP)