"We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection- really, I say this so strongly, true affection for each other".
On Sunday, criticism poured in from Democrats and Republicans, but Trump still remained silent throughout the day. But the president's retorts on Tuesday suggested he had been a reluctant participant in that cleanup effort.
"It sounds like Phil Murphy's running for president", she said. He added that some facts about the violence still aren't known.
President Donald Trump has said a lot of incendiary and unwise things during his first seven months in office, but those who are criticizing his response to Charlottesville are barking up the wrong tree.
TRUMP: I'm sure Senator McCain must know what he's talking about.
Rather than soothing racial tension, an increasingly isolated President Donald Trump reverted to the rage that fueled his campaign, playing to the core of his supporters who still adore him.
While numerous Democratic and Republican politicians categorically denounced white supremacists, the weekend came and went without a rebuke of white nationalism from the president of the United States.
Elizabeth Warren, Democrat senator for MA, said: 'The president just defended neo-Nazis and blamed those who condemn their racism and hate.
Heyer died after James Fields, thought to be associated with white nationalist group Vanguard America, plowed his vehicle into a crowd of unsuspecting counter-protesters on Saturday. They're too busy trying to lay blame for the violence at Trump's feet that they refuse to actually hear what he had to say. "Those are the facts".
Democratic Senator Brian Schatz tweeted, "As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words can not express my disgust and disappointment". "This is not my president". "Is it George Washington next?"
And he praised Susan Bro, the mother of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who died after a auto driven by a man reported to have harbored Nazi sympathies plowed into the rally opponents. "Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee".
"This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson".
Speaking rhetorically, Trump asked reporters whether George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both slave owners, should suffer the same fate and have their statues removed.
"And as soon as you ask the question, our side basically wins automatically".
As Trump talked, his aides on the sidelines in the lobby stood in silence.
As he spoke, his new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a former Marine general, appeared displeased during the president's long tirade, standing rigidly. What is it about America that makes some people want to seize it from other people?
Unfair laws create perceptions that some groups are disproportionately committing crimes, which help spur racist demonstrations like the one in Charlottesville, she said.
"There is a question. You can call this terrorism", he said. "You can call it whatever you want", Trump said.
Ultimately, of course, an alt-right political nut grabbed the headlines by using a vehicle to commit murder.
The heads of the black, Hispanic, Asian and progressive caucuses are calling in the letter for the firings of the Trump administration officials in the wake of a violent, racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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