President Donald Trump refused to properly acknowledge the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA, and people are lining up to call out his weak response.
Trump avoided an outright condemnation of white supremacists and neo-Nazis marching in the streets and causing terror in Charlottesville this weekend, instead describing the violence as happening “on many sides” during a statement he made from on vacation in Bedminster, NJ.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” Trump said of the events in Charlottesville.
The host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough, wasn’t about to let Trump off the hook for not naming the perpetrators of the violence for who they are.
“Donald Trump mocked Barack Obama for not calling Islamic Terrorism by its name,” Scarborough said in a tweet. “Now HE must call White Supremacy Terrorism by its name.”
Donald Trump mocked Barack Obama for not calling Islamic Terrorism by its name.
Now HE must call White Supremacy Terrorism by its name.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 12, 2017
Scarborough, who was once friendly with Trump, has repeatedly called out the president since his election for his bad policy and bigotry, and left the Republican Party this year after refusing to stand by its slippery principles and intolerance. Scarborough served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-2001 as the GOP congressman for the first congressional district of Florida.