Virginia governor blames white supremacists, neo-Nazis for inciting violence in Charlottesville

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

"This is about a level of violence and hatred that could not be tolerated in this country". "We have come in this country through McCarthyism, segregation, Jim Crowe, and we've come through stronger than before that, but what's going to happen now is that we're all going to stand together on this new effort and that begins with a city like Charlottesville, but it should include the president", Signer told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union".

"At the end of the day, I think the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House, the president has a very good idea of the people that are undermining his agenda - that are serving their own interests", he said.

The website also noted that Trump refused to answer when a reporter asked about white nationalists who support him.

Scaramucci said he spoke with the president "this week" and that the two "had a very candid conversation". "We can not tolerate this kind of bigotry, this kind of hatred". Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama - this has been going on for a long, long time. "It is racists and white supremacists", Virginian Attorney-General Mark Herring said. "I know he does".

The "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on Saturday took place against a national backdrop that has emboldened the confidence, organizing, and ambition of a diverse numbers of racial hate groups.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says President Trump should have come out harder against white supremacy after Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The president has long had a following among white supremacist groups attracted to his nationalist rhetoric on immigration and other hot-button issues.

Among the organizations joining the white nationalist protest were Vanguard America and Identity Evropa; the Southern nationalist League of the South; the National Socialist Movement; the Traditionalist Workers Party; and the Fraternal Order of Alt Knights.

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Bossert added that both he and Trump wanted the attacker to face "swift justice" and noted the Department of Justice was pursuing a civil rights investigation.

"Mr President - we must call evil by its name".

One of the best-known white supremacists in the U.S, former Ku Klux Klan leader and Louisiana lawmaker David Duke, tweeted at Trump: "I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists".

Asked whether Bannon did so, he replied that everyone working in the White House "should be motivated by that goal".

The statement comes in response to criticism leveled at Trump for his remarks in the hours after violent clashes in Virginia on Saturday.

"Old saying - when you dance with the devil, the devil changes you", he said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Trump's alliances with groups advocating racial intolerance range from the formal bond with Bannon to a wink and nod relationship with Duke to the feeling of millions of racists that they have an ally in the White House. Lindsey Graham of SC, appearing on "Fox News Sunday", said: "I would urge the president to dissuade these groups that he's their friend".

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