White House says Trump does condemn ‘white Supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi’ (VIDEO)
By Daniel Terrill
A White House statement issued Sunday said President Trump does condemn the bigotry and racism espoused by white nationalists, adding clarity to a clumsy speech blaming “many sides” for ratcheting up racial tensions before the Charlottesville violence.
“The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi and all extremist groups,” the White House said in a statement issued to the press.
Trump’s comments Saturday after a car barreled through a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist gathering was widely panned for failing to single-out the hate group at the center of it all.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides. 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,” Trump said during a bill signing and then ignored requests by reporters to specifically denounce white hate groups.
Still, the greater clarity did not come from Trump himself, who had also resisted requests last year to denounce white supremacists that publicly supported his