President Trump says 'racism is evil,' condemns KKK, neo-Nazis as 'criminals and thugs'
The promise he's making following the weekend violence in Virginia.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is condemning racism, following the racially-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.
‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America,” Trump said.
He added, “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.”
Mr. Trump made the statement from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI director Christopher Wray about the race-fueled violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The President came under fire for his comments Saturday that "many sides" are to blame for the violence. In those remarks, he did not single out white supremacists or any other hate group, even as Republican lawmakers and others in his White House did condemn them by name.
He returned to the White House Monday from his working vacation in New Jersey to deal with the crisis.
One woman was killed Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters who'd gathered to oppose a rally by white nationalists and others who oppose a plan to remove from a Charlottesville park of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
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