One person was killed and at least 19 people were injured on Saturday when a car plowed through a crowd protesting the white nationalist rally “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville, Virginia. But Donald Trump had little to say—or tweet—about it. In a telling indication of his political loyalties, the US president instead delivered a short and vague statement about the day’s violence.
At a press conference in the wake of the automobile attack and clashes between radical right demonstrators and counter-protestors, Trump declared (full text here): “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
He did not mention the fatal car attack, nor did he acknowledge that a life had been lost. He did not say the words “white supremacists” or “white nationalism.” He definitely did not seize the opportunity to condemn the blatantly white supremacist groups that appeared in Charlottesville waving Confederate flags and chanting racist slogans.
Later in the day, Trump tweeted condolences to the woman who was killed and his “best regards” to those injured.
And by emphasizing “many, many sides,” the president treated all of the attendees that day as if they were the same, and made a disingenuous call for unity: “Above all else, we must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all…
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