Senators and other elected officials from both parties joined in denouncing the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday after clashes between white-supremacist marchers and counter-protesters left at least one person dead and more than 30 injured. A number of them implicitly, or even explicitly, said President Trump’s response to the incident did not go far enough in opposing white supremacists and right wing extremism.
Shortly after a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters, Trump, who has been reluctant to rebuke the actions of his extremist supporters in the past, gave a statement responding to the “terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville,” telling reporters at his golf club in New Jersey, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
A White House official later told to Yahoo News, “The President was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides,” adding that, “There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today.”
The president’s failure to specifically speak out against white supremacists and other far right extremists, who had descended on Charlottesville for a “Unite the Right” rally to protest the planned removal of a Confederate statue in this relatively moderate university town, drew criticism from within his own party