President Trump blamed ‘‘many sides’’ for violence in Charlottesville, Va., in the wake of a white nationalist demonstration.
His comments drew swift reactions. Democrats and some Republicans called on him to specifically denounce white supremacy and racially motivated hate by name. Vice President Mike Pence supported the president’s speech. A white supremacist website praised the comments.
What Trump said:
‘‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides,’’ Trump said. ‘‘It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.’’
What others are saying:
■ ‘‘I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.’’ — Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, a Democrat.
The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of "many sides." It is racists and white supremacists.— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) August 12, 2017
We reject the racism and violence of white nationalists like the ones acting out in Charlottesville. Everyone in leadership must speak out.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) August 12, 2017
We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017
■ ‘‘Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. ... No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.’’ — Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website promoting the Charlottesville demonstration on its Summer of Hate edition.