Donald Trump has been criticised for his response to the Charlottesville car attack in which he laid the blame for the ‘hatred, bigotry and violence’ to ‘many sides’.
James Alex Fields Jr, 20, has been charged with murder after a car was driven into a group of anti-far right protesters killing one woman and injuring a further 19.
The president broke off from his break at a golf resort in Bedminster yesterday to speak about the protests, in a speech that was criticised for not being more unequivocal in its condemnation.
Senator Cory Gardner, Republican from Colorado, who oversees the National Republican Senatorial Committee tweeted ‘Mr. President — we must call evil by its name.’
The president also sent a series of tweets about the violence in which he gave his condolences to the families of two police officers who died when their helicopter crashed while responding to the incident.
He also paid respects to the 32-year-old woman, named locally as Heather Heyer, killed in the violence.
But it was his attribution of wrongdoing to ‘many sides’ that drew the sharpest criticism, including from former vice-president Joe Biden.