Hillary Clinton Responds to Violence in Charlottesville: ‘We Will Not Step Backward’
President Donald Trump also spoke out, giving a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Hillary Clinton wrote:
My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country. But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets. Every minute we allow this to persist through tacit encouragement or inaction is a disgrace, & corrosive to our values. Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions. We will not step backward. If this is not who we are as Americans, let’s prove it.
After hours of silence on the matter, President Donald Trump did finally tweet condemning the violence there. However, many found his silence as a sign of approval on the violence that stemmed from a white supremacist rally protesting the removal of a General Robert E. Lee statue. First Lady Melania Trump was the first White House official to tweet about the unrest, saying, “Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence.”
Trump later wrote: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”
Three hours later, he gave a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” Trump said, then repeating, “On many sides.”
Trump then said: “It has been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
When asked what Trump meant by “on many sides,” a White House official said: “The President was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides. There was violence between protestors and counter protesters today.”
The violence in Charlottesville took an especially horrifying turn Saturday afternoon when a car drove into a crowd of counter “Unite the Right” protestors. One person was killed and countless other injured.