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After Virginia Violence, Hillary Clinton Tweets Against Hate

Hillary Clinton

The president won't call out hatred. His electoral rival -- who received 3 million more votes than him -- would.

Donald Trump was forced to take a break from golfing on Saturday to address the violence spurred by racism and white supremacy that broke out in Charlottesville, Va. on Friday. But the comments he made to the nation only reinforced the fact that he refuses to roil the base that put him in the White House. He blamed "all sides' for the violence despite the fact that a white nationalist plowed his car into a crowd of people who were peacefully counter protesting a group of primarily white men bearing Nazi symbols and tiki torches who were angry that the city opted to take down a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country," Trump said, pandering to the same base of people who cheered for him to build a wall and ban Muslims from entering the country.

Later, Trump tweeted his "best regards" to the people who were under threat of violence and injured in Charlottesville. He ending the the tone deaf tweet with "so sad!"

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, who warned in a speech last year that Trump's rhetoric was firing up the hatred of the alt-right, tweeted a thread on how to handle white supremacy that Trump should use as a starting off point to address the hate in this country.

But she also ended her thread with hope about what the nations is and should be.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.