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Social media users slam Trump over Charlottesville

Social media users slam Trump over Charlottesville
From Al Jazeera - August 12, 2017

Social media users have lambasted US President Donald Trump over his reaction to deadly violence in the US city of Charlottesville as far-right activists took to the streets and clashed with counter-protesters.

After one person was killed and several injured in a car ramming that hit anti-racist demonstrators on Saturday, Trump said in a press conference: "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides."

Speaking from his private golf club in New Jersey, he said: "It has been going on for a long time in our country - not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America."

nazis literally murder someone in broad daylight and people are still talking about "both sides."

darrylayo (@darrylayo) August 12, 2017

Organised by far-right public figure Jason Kessler, a former journalist, Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was slated as one of the largest white supremacist rallies in the country's recent history.

The rally brought out groups such as the alt-right, the National Socialist Movement, the Traditionalist Worker Party, the neo-Confederate League of the South and Identity Evropa, among other white supremacist and far-right groups.

Unite the Right was called in response to the city's decision earlier this year to remove a statue of Robert E Lee, the foremost Confederate military leader in the US Civil War.

READ MORE: Unite the Right - White supremacists rally in Virginia

Throughout the day, far-right activists clashed with counter-protesters, using pepper spray, batons and makeshift weapons.

As an anti-racist march made its way through downtown Charlottesville, a motorist slammed into a group of protesters. Video footage of the incident showed bodies flying as others hit the ground.

'Vague concept of badness'

Twitter users quickly responded to Trump's comments. Many of them accused Trump of intentionally neglecting to blame the far-right activists for the violence.

President Trump condemns vague concept of badness

Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) August 12, 2017

Trump wo not say the words "white nationalist terrorists" because that describes his voters, staff, family, and self.

CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) August 12, 2017

Others derided Trump for his apparent double standard when it comes to acts of violence committed by white supremacists and those carried out by Muslims.

In the past, Trump has condemned "radical Islamic terrorism" on several occasions.

If a Muslim drove that car in #Charlottesville, Trump would call it terrorism and millions of Muslims would be bracing for the backlash.

Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) August 12, 2017

The Trump bar is so low, its seen as an act of courage - rather than something that should be standard - for politicians to condemn Nazis

David Sirota (@davidsirota) August 12, 2017

US Senator Corey Gardner, who is a member of Trump's Republican Party, called on the president to call the violence in Charlottesville "domestic terrorists".

Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017

Increasing clashes

RJ (@Ryan_Johnson) August 12, 2017
sophia armen (@SophiaArmen) August 12, 2017

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