Friday 15 December 2017

Trump accused of 'lukewarm response' to violence at far-right rally

Donald Trump in Virginia in July
Donald Trump in Virginia in July

Sarah Rankin

President Donald Trump is tweeting about the violence that has erupted amid a white supremacist march in Virginia.

Trump tweeted Saturday that “we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for.” He then wrote “There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”

He followed this up with another, calling the clashes which are centred around the city's university, "sad".

Some on Twitter accused the President of delivering a "lukewarm response" to the violence.

The demonstrations began Friday in Charlottesville with white nationalists marching through town and while carrying lit torches. The demonstrators then clashed with counter-protesters.

Some of the white nationalists cited Trump’s victory as validation for their beliefs.

The White House was silent for hours about the clashes except for a solitary tweet from First Lady Melania Trump. The president has received previous criticism for being slow to condemn acts of hate done in his name.

Press Association

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