Speaking from the White House, President Donald Trump condemns KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as ‘criminals and thugs,’ says ‘racism is evil.’ (Aug. 14)
Former Secretary of State John Kerry joined Monday the chorus of criticism on President Trump, saying that the president’s first instincts to say that “many sides” had led to Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., cannot be “erased.”
Kerry shared his thoughts on Twitter prior to the president’s Monday statement condemning the attacks and hate groups.
Trump’s initial response on Saturday was to sayÂ “many sides” had resulted in the violent clashes between white supremacists and counter protestors, which led to the death of one woman. But his lack of direct condemnation for white supremacist drew criticism.
Kerry called the president’s first response “revealing” and said they had empowered “the worst of the worst.”
Within an hour of Kerry’s tweets, Trump called out hate groups by name.
“Racism is evil,” the president said. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
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