The White House has said Donald Trump condemns neo-Nazis and the KKK, after the President received backlash for his response to bloody protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi and all extremist groups,” the White House said. “He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”
Mr Trump on Saturday did not directly condemn the actions of the neo-Nazis, skinheads, and members of the Ku Klux Klan who descended on Charlottesville earlier that day to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. The rally of white nationalists was met with counter-protesters, and the event quickly turned violent.
Speaking from a stage at his golf club in New Jersey, President Trump decried “violence on all sides” rather than explicitly taking aim at far-right extremists.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” he said. “On many sides.”