Speaking from the New Jersey golf course where he's been vacationing for nearly two weeks, President Trump refused to condemn the neo-Nazis who incited violence Friday night and Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.
“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 during a press conference on veterans' issues. Trump was forced to address the situation in Virginia after three people died in the chaos; a car drove into a crowd of anti-racism counterprotesters, injuring at least 19 and killing one. Two other people died of yet unknown causes.
Reporters shouted questions at Trump about his decision to not personally denounce the white nationalists, who marched on the Virginia city with torches, upset over the removal of a Confederate statue. White supremacists certainly favored Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election, and Trump has been careful to not risk their support by calling out their actions.
While Trump's Saturday statements ignored the racism or xenophobia he helped foment, he awkwardly applauded the nation's strong economy and low unemployment numbers.