Why won't Donald Trump condemn white nationalism?

Why won't Donald Trump condemn white nationalism?

Donald Trump has come under fire for not explicitly denouncing white supremacists in the aftermath of violent clashes in Virginia, with the president being urged to take a public stand against groups that espouse racism and hate.

Heather Heyer, 32, was attending the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally as a counter-protester on Saturday when James Alex Fields Jr, of OH, allegedly drove a vehicle into a crowd, killing Heyer as she crossed the street, and injuring 19 others. "There are just two sides - there's evil and there's good", McKinny said, referencing statements Trump made at a media briefing the day before in which he stated, "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides".

"Jason Kessler has been bringing hate to our town for months and has been endangering the lives of people of color and endangering other lives in my community", Winder said moments after the fracas, according to the Times.

As the chorus of criticism grew, White Houses aides struggled at times to explain the president's position.

One person died Saturday when a vehicle rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville as tensions boiled over at a white supremacist rally.

But, like Trump, Bossert implicated "both sides" for Saturday's violence in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union", while also saying the White House was "absolutely" against white supremacists. Now, the White House seems to be trying to walk his comments back.

The bloodshed happened following a gathering of Neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups who were protesting the removal of a Confederate statue in a public park.

The helicopter crashed shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday in a wooded area while assisting in law enforcement activities related to the clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville.

Friends of Heather Heyer have launched a fundraising campaign for her family.

A woman who identified herself as Fields' mother says he told her he was going to the rally. "The intent, according to The Indivisible Project, is to "[stand in] solidarity with our courageous friends in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to fight against hatred and white supremacy".

"There is a very sad and regrettable coarseness in our politics that we've all seen too much of today", Signer said at a press conference.

In this handout provided by Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio poses for a mugshot after he allegedly drove his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters killing one and injuring 35 on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. "But what you're seeing is bigger than a statue", Bellamy told NPR.