New poll: Most Americans not happy with Trump’s Charlottesville response
By Andrew Shepperson
President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (Photo: NBC News)
A new poll released this week has found most Americans are not happy with President Donald Trump’s response to the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
Approximately two-thirds of Americans thought the car attack that left one person dead and 19 others wounded was an act of domestic terrorism, and 52 percent found Donald Trump’s response to the attack and protests, organized by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, to be unsatisfactory and not strong enough, according to the poll conducted by the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist Poll. Some of those dissatisfied with Trump’s response voted for him in the 2016 election.
On Saturday, when clashes between protesters and counter-protesters erupted, Trump condemned the violence but also blamed it on “many sides,” PBS News reported. During this initial press conference, Trump did not call out the neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan, and other white supremacist groups by name, much to the dismay of many who called for him to speak more specifically and critically of those groups.
Trump issued a stronger statement on Saturday, condemning the neo-Nazi, KKK, and other white supremacist groups that had gathered at the