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Donald Trump Criticized for Not Calling Out White Supremacists at Virginia Rallies
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13 Aug 2017 11:08 AM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Donald Trump comments on the rallies in Charlottesville, Va. (Image Source: Twitter Screenshot)

Donald Trump places the blame for the Charlottesville protests "on many sides."

This was his response to the white nationalist protests and terror attack on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, reports Variety.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," Trump stated from his private golf club in New Jersey. "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. It has no place in America."

The president did not address the racism from the white supremacists and white nationalists in his speech. He later asked for authorities to "study" the "situation." One person was killed and 19 were injured when a speeding car hit another car that was moving through a throng of counter-protesters, according to a statement released by the City of Charlottesville's verified Twitter account.

Trump addressed the event during the press conference but did not take any questions on Saturday. Reporters asked the president whether he condemns white nationalists or white supremacists. They also asked Trump whether he believes a car slamming into a group of counter-protesters counts as terrorism. In the past, Trump has been quick to label foreign attacks as terrorism. He even blamed past politicians for not quickly labeling attacks as terrorism.

The president changed his tune during his speech. He talked about the current economic improvements. He said that the unemployment rate is the lowest in 17 years. Trump then stated that he was saddened by the violence in Charlottesville: "we have so many incredible things happening in our country, so when I watch Charlottesville, to me it is very, very sad."

Trump ended his statement on Charlottesville by asking Americans that "no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first."

"We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we are proud of our country, we are proud of who we are," he said. "So, we want to get this situation straightened out in Charlottesville and we want to study it, and we want to see what we are doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen."

Many took to Twitter to exclaim what Trump meant by saying "on many sides." A White House official blamed the counter-protesters.

"The President was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides. There was violence between protesters and counter-protesters today," the official statement said.

Earlier that day, Trump commented about the protests on Twitter. He asked America to "come together as one."

"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!" he wrote. "Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!"

Vice President Mike Pence later issued a statement, saying that he stands with the President "against hate and violence."

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Donald Trump comments on the rallies in Charlottesville, Va. (Image Source: Twitter Screenshot)

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