While many are criticizing President Trump for not clearly calling out white supremacist groups that caused such a violent uprising in Charlottesville, Virginia, the former administration has weighed in publicly.
Former Vice President Joe Biden focused on President Trump’s words describing “many sides” that led to the violence at the rally on Saturday. Biden said on Twitter, “There is only one side. #charlottesville.” He later commented, “racism and hate have no place here.”
President Trump did not single out the white supremacists who held the “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia in his condemnation of the violence. A car struck a crowd of counter-protesters at the rally and left one dead and almost 20 injured. The president said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
Former President Barack Obama tweeted a quote from former South African President Nelson Mandela on Saturday in a likely response to the violence in Charlottesville.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” Obama tweeted.
President Trump mentioned Obama in his response to the violence. After condemning the violence, hatred, and bigotry (on many sides) in the strongest possible terms, he added, “It’s been going on for a long time in our country, not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.”
Do you think President Trump went far enough? How do you feel about the way that Biden and Obama responded to the violence and to the way that President Trump responded?
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