Politics Virginia Democrat: Why is Trump 'unwilling' to call out white supremacy?

19:40  20 august  2017
19:40  20 august  2017 Source:   The Hill

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Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich offered these senators and others praise for speaking out when President Trump would not. He posted on his Facebook page, “The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia today is a national calamity. It is a product of white supremacists and home grown terrorists.

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Virginia Democrat: Why is Trump 'unwilling' to call out white supremacy?© Provided by The Hill Virginia Democrat: Why is Trump 'unwilling' to call out white supremacy? Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) called out President Trump on Sunday for being "unwilling" to call out and repudiate white supremacists and neo-Nazis by name.

"What the president did this week was suggesting there was some moral equivalence in Charlottesville. And that is outrageous," Kaine told host John Dickerson on CBS' "Face The Nation."

Charlottesville, Va. faced an outbreak of violence following a rally opposing the take-down of a Confederate statue last Saturday.

The former vice presidential candidate attacked Trump for his comments on Tuesday in which he doubled down on initial remarks blaming the violence that left one dead and dozens injured on "many sides" rather than on the rally's organizers.

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"When this white supremacist drives a car into a crowd of people killing Heather Heyer and injuring scores more and the president says, 'There's fine people on both sides,' or, 'There's violence on both sides,' why is he so confused and unclear and unwilling to call out the violent white supremacy

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Trump has denied suggesting moral equivalence between hate group protesters and counter protesters.

Kaine went on, mentioning other acts of terrorism that Trump had responded to, and questioning why this situation was different for the president.

"The president didn't have a hard time when a Somali young man drove a car into a crowd in - at Ohio State in December. He called it an act of terrorism, which it was. When somebody drove a car into a crowd in Barcelona this week, he jumped on it immediately. It was an act of terrorism," Kaine said.

"But when this white supremacist drives a car into a crowd of people killing Heather Heyer and injuring scores more and the president says, 'There's fine people on both sides,' or, 'There's violence on both sides,'" Kaine added.

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"Why is he so confused and unclear and unwilling to call out the violent white supremacy that was on such gruesome display in my home state?" he asked.

"When there are people marching through the streets of Charlottesville chanting 'blood and soil' from Hitler rallies or, 'Jews will not replace us,' you can't be polite and kind about that behavior or certainly about murder or violence," added Kaine. "You have to condemn it."

Trump took harsh criticism from members of both parties this week after remarks in which he suggested there were "very fine people" on "both sides" of the Charlottesville issue.

"You had a lot of people in that group who were there to innocently protest, and very legally protest," Trump said Tuesday. "I don't know if you know. They had a permit. The other group didn't have a permit. So I only tell you this: There are two sides to a story."

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Ten-day march from Charlottesville to DC to start Monday .
Activists are set to start a 10-day march from Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington, D.C. on Monday to confront white supremacy and demand President Trump's removal from office."The March to Confront White Supremacy," is set to start in Charlottesville Monday, Aug. 28 and end in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 6. Organizers say the march will be followed by an occupation of Washington, D.C. with daily nonviolent demonstrations.

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