The US president denounces “many sides” after a woman is killed and 19 others injured.
A woman has been killed and 19 others injured after a car rammed into a group of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Police have arrested 20-year-old James Fields of Ohio and charged him with murder.
Later that afternoon, two police officers died when a helicopter monitoring the clashes between protesters crashed in woodland south-west of the city.
The car attack targeted those demonstrating against the “Unite the Right march”, called to protest against plans to remove a statue of the Confederate general Robert E Lee. A civil rights investigation into the incident has been launched by the FBI. Among those present were Ku Klux Klan members.
Donald Trump responded by condemning the “violence on many sides” but refused to single out the far-right protesters for criticism. The US president said in Bedminster, New Jersey: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
The Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio and former presidential candidate responded by tweeting: “Very important for the nation to hear @POTUS describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists.” Another Republican Senator, Cory Gardner of Colorado, said: “Mr President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.
The Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, commented: “The march and rally in Charlottesville goes against everything the American flag stands for. President Trump must condemn this in the strongest terms immediately.”
Unlike Trump, Virginia’s Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe explicitly condemend the far-right. He told a press conference: “I have a message for all the white supremacists, …read more
Source:: New Statesman