Trump Calls KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists ‘Repugnant’

President Donald Trump speaks for the second time addressing the violence that occured on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, VA during a nationalist rally.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, facing mounting pressure from Republicans and Democrats alike, did what he declined to do over the weekend during an event at the White House on Monday when he directly condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis in a brief statement to reporters.
“Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said in response to the attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

“Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America,” Trump said.

The comments came in a hastily scheduled White House event in the Diplomatic Reception Room, where Trump — speaking with the help of a teleprompter — spoke straight to camera after meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss the Department of Justice’s civil rights investigation into the attack.

“To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable,” he said. “Justice will be delivered.‚Äč”

Trump had been excoriated for his unwillingness to condemn the groups behind the violent protests that left one woman dead who was hit by a car allegedly driven by a man with ties to white supremacy groups.

After blaming the violence “on many sides” Saturday, Trump stayed silent for close to 48 hours, letting his trademark bluntness and campaign pledges to call terrorism what it is succumb to silence and vagueness.

Trump was asked by reporters after he spoke why he waited so long to condemn these hate groups by name and did not respond.

Trump added that the victims in Charlottesville “embody the goodness and decency of our nation.” The President said the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman who was killed Saturday when a car slammed into a crowd of counterprotesters, “fills us with grief.” And said the two officers killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday — pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates — “exemplify the very best of America.”

“In times such as these, America has always shown its true character — responding to hate with love, division with unity, and violence with an unwavering resolve for justice,” Trump said.

Trump’s comments came as he took a short break from his 17-day long working vacation in New York and New Jersey with a trip to the White House. He initially returned to Washington to meet with top administration officials and sign a presidential memorandum directing his US trade representative to determine whether an investigation is needed into China’s laws and policies related to trade and intellectual property.

But by Monday morning, after nearly 48 hours of pressure on the White House, Trump and his top aides seemingly realized that pressure was too great and that a statement needed to be delivered.

“As a candidate I promised to restore law and order to our country, and our federal law enforcement agencies are following through on that pledge,” Trump said. “We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear. We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans and we will work together so that every citizen in this blessed land is free to follow their dreams, in their hearts, and to express the love and joy in our souls.”

Trump led his brief statement by touting his return to Washington and positive economic news. One aide said the President wanted to give the “full picture” of how he sees things — not only wanting to do Charlottesville in a vacuum. And said the President’s initial focus on economic news was not ad-libbed.

This was the White House’s latest attempt to clarify Trump’s comments from Saturday, and by far the most forceful.

An unnamed White House official said Sunday that “of course” the President condemns “white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups,” but declined to explain why the President wasn’t saying it himself.

Before Trump made a statement, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a “no tolerance” message during a brief discussion with reporters in Cartagena, Colombia.

“We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK,” said Pence, calling them “dangerous fringe groups.”

Trump remained silent even after Pence’s comment, remaining silent event on Twitter. By declining to send a single tweet of his own, Sunday was only the fourth in his 207 days as president that Trump has gone a full day without tweeting a message.

Trump did, however, use Twitter on Monday to push his political message and settle a score: He slammed Ken Frazier, the CEO of Merck Pharma, who resigned from Trump’s manufacturing council over his failure to condemn white supremacists.

“Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES,” Trump tweeted.

Frazier, one of the nation’s top African-American CEOs, has spent considerable time at the White House with Trump before he resigned his position.

Read President Trump’s full statement below:

Thank you. I’m in Washington today to meet with my economic team about trade policy and major tax cuts and reform. We are renegotiating trade deals and making them good for the American worker. And it’s about time.

Our economy is now strong. The stock market continues to hit record highs, unemployment is at a 16-year low, and businesses are more optimistic than ever before. Companies are moving back to the United States and bringing many thousands of jobs with them. We have already created over one million jobs since I took office.

We will be discussing economic issues in greater detail later this afternoon, but, based on the events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, I would like to provide the nation with an update on the ongoing federal response to the horrific attack and violence that was witnessed by everyone.

I just met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that killed one innocent American and wounded 20 others. To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered.

As I said on Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.

And as I have said many times before: No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry, and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.

Racism is evil. 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.

We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our Creator. We are equal under the law. And we are equal under our Constitution. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.

Two days ago, a young American woman, Heather Heyer, was tragically killed. Her death fills us with grief, and we send her family our thoughts, our prayers, and our love.

We also mourn the two Virginia state troopers who died in service to their community, their commonwealth, and their country. Troopers Jay Cullen and Burke Bates exemplify the very best of America, and our hearts go out to their families, their friends, and every member of American law enforcement.

These three fallen Americans embody the goodness and decency of our nation. In times such as these, America has always shown its true character: responding to hate with love, division with unity, and violence with an unwavering resolve for justice.

As a candidate, I promised to restore law and order to our country, and our federal law enforcement agencies are following through on that pledge. We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear. We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans, and we will work together so that every citizen in this blessed land is free to follow their dreams in their hearts, and to express the love and joy in their souls.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you very much.

32 comments

  • Like father like son

    Nazi thug. Worse is that hates all people who can’t afford membership to his golf clubs. You are all just a nuisance to him that he has to appease and throw red meat to for you vote and loving adulation. And you eat it right up. Sad.

  • Rudderless Blind Elephant

    We are a country with a whiny, spoiled child-in-chief going into dangerous waters alone , with our (ex) allies laughing at us. To make matters worse this egocentric child provides cover for these cowardly racists that only make us weaker.

  • TO ALL TRUE GUN SUPPORTERS!!!

    Did you notice that all the gun rights groups left. Not one bullet fired. They said we support neither side and left. What was left was white government trash, dem and repub. They cant tell the difference from themselves anymore. Its all cradle to grave welfare. Pay formy college, my bastard kids, just PAY!!! The tRump trash that eats his momma, drives cars like a retard spawn that cant be taught basic human existence. Pussy hat or Nazi wear, THIS TRASH IS AGAINST OUR CONSTITUTION!!

    • Lloyd #NM Schmucatelli

      I’m starting my own group called #NM.

      “NOBODY MATTERS!”

      I’ll have 1 protest sign only. I will stand in solidarity at any rally for any thing. The sign will simply read: “I disagree.”

  • trump supporters are hypocrites!!

    we bought pa property. we met the welfare collecting tax collector, the pill popping election HEAD, the pillar smells like mouse poop, the self appointed LIAR mayor is on our cams more than once, self appointed- look into it- ITS THE TRUTH. who put that garbage Trump sign in our back yard- THE PERVERT? The truth is coming out and sadly pa put themselves on center stage to be called out. Good luck, we wanted to vote for tRUMP. WE were NOT ALLOWED to vote.

    • Donna McAndrew

      According to his own words…he could shoot someone in NYC and people would still vote for him. Thats what he wants to be known for…Not something as worthy as a cancer cure!

  • KM

    People need to MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS! Stop trying to force their opinions on everyone else! Take care of what goes on in your own house , with your own family. Stop protesting everything and do something instead of standing in the street holding signs trying to get people to do your bidding. Protestors clashing are hypocrites!

  • Feed Me More

    the guy is pathetic, comes out and the first thing he wants to talk about is economics and how he supposedly created so many jobs, what an idiot, hes not going to do anything, the nazis are his brothers

  • Not far enough

    WTH would you like him to say? Where were you when Obama condemned the Baltimore riots AFTER they happened? Too little too late there? Or does he get a pass because your hatred for our President has no bounds? Who’s being silent – you people are a joke.

    • Deport white trash

      The difference is that trump (doing what Bannon tells him to do), foments violence and division to embolden his racist base. He has no principles or stances on any issue beyond getting richer and stroking his boundless ego. He certainly couldn’t give a rat’s behind about you (unless you have big dough)– which you don’t .

      • Nice job

        You realize you just described Barrack Insane Obozo to a tee, don’t you? Nice job. Step aside child, the adults are in charge now.

      • Go ahead, melt down. I won't laugh.

        Getting richer from – not collecting a paycheck from US citizens? OK, if you say you say so.

    • Feed Me More

      if you think this is a “clinton” news network, why are you here? go to fox news where you hear everything they want you to hear

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    Hillary was reportedly crying inconsolably over President Trump’s condemnation of the KKK, as Senator Robert Byrd was one of her mentors.

  • Katelyn

    But talk of building walls and stereotyping immigrants….not hatred or racism. This is just becoming an even bigger clown show

    • there's a reason ancient cities had walls

      So you’ll have no problem putting up a few drug dealers, murderers, rapists, and terrorists for a while until they can game the system to get subsidized housing, a drivers license, and a democrat voter registration? After all, those are all just stereotypes and bigotry, right? Let us know how many you want.

  • Lance

    Great speech. But the liberals will still blame Trump for Saturday and the violence. No matter what he is to blame for everything. Regardless of the truth

  • Watching from afar

    A little too little, a little too late. The fact that this administration was pressured to issue a condemnation shows where they stand. To be silent in the face of injustice is to condone the injustice.

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