Following this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville — in which a protester drove into a crowd and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer — President Donald Trump was roundly criticized for not immediately naming the white supremacist groups who staged the protest. Some of his critics even claimed that Trump hadn’t addressed the situation at all — after he had, in fact, addressed the situation.
Trump also issued a brief public statement the day of the attack, and another one today.
Despite all the blowback, the parents of Heather Heyer aren’t among those complaining.
The Hill reports:
The mother of the woman killed at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., thanked President Trump on Monday after he spoke out against hate groups for their role in the weekend’s violence.
“Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred,” Susan Bro said in a statement, according to NBC News.
“My condolences, also, to the grieving families of the two state troopers and quick recovering for those injured,” she added
Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville attack victim Heather Heyer, thanks Pres. Trump for “denouncing those who promote violence and hatred” pic.twitter.com/E46OnwE5fW
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 14, 2017
Trump initially blamed the violence on “many sides” in remarks Saturday. But that response sparked a firestorm of controversy, and the president on Monday specifically called out hate groups including the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis for their role in the weekend’s violence in Charlottesville.
“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 what we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said in a surprise statement from the Diplomatic Reception Room.
On Monday, the president also spoke about Heyer, saying, “Her death fills us with grief, and we send her and her family our thoughts, our prayers and our love.”
It was only fitting that Trump again told CNN’s Jim Acosta to his face that he belongs to the “Fake News” today, after Acosta tried to reignite the controversy.
After a signing ceremony formalizing trade sanctions against China, Acosta shouted a question to Trump.
“Mr. President, could you explain why you did not condemn those hate groups by name over the weekend?” he said.
“They have been condemned,” Trump responded.
Then came the classic “Fake News” retort.
CNN’s @Acosta to Trump: Can we ask you more questions?
Trump: “I like real news, not fake news. You’re fake news.” https://t.co/m4KiTC6lrK
— CNN (@CNN) August 14, 2017
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]
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