Trump Shredded for Charlottesville Violence Comments: ‘A National Embarrassment’

Tim Kenneally
Trump Shredded for Charlottesville Violence Comments: ‘A National Embarrassment’

President Donald Trump drew swift and harsh criticism after addressing the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, with critics calling him out on a number of fronts.

Many detractors took issue with Trump condemning the violence “on many sides,” without specifically calling out the white nationalists whose rally sparked the unrest.

“Did Trump really say that he condemns the violence on ‘many sides’? The white folks with tiki torches brought the violence, own it,” activist DeRay Mckesson weighed in.

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“What president Trump said in the last ten minutes was a national embarrassment. It was the opposite of leadership,” another critic wrote.

“‘There are bad things happening on all sides.’ – Trump on concentration camps,” actor/comedian Kumail Nanjiani tweeted.

“When terrorists abroad plow cars into crowds Trump condemns ‘radical Islam.’ But when it happens here, he talks of violence ‘on many sides,'” “Star Trek” actor George Takei observed.

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Trump also faced criticism for bragging about the unemployment rate while discussing the violence, which resulted in 19 injuries and one fatality. More than 30 were hurt in total as a result of events at the rally.

Two Virginia State Police troopers were also killed when a police helicopter assisting with the melee crashed outside of Charlottesville. The incident is under investigation but police say that foul play is not suspected.

“Trump just bragged about the unemployment rate in the middle of a statement about Charlottesville,” one critic wrote.

Read on for the reactions.

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