In response to today’s violent white supremacist rally resulting in at least one counter-protester’s death, Trump condemned “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.” Any mention of racism or white supremacy was conspicuously absent.
Meanwhile, white supremacist marchers shouted “Heil Trump!” on multiple occasions today.
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) August 12, 2017
Former KKK leader David Duke also gleefully said at the rally “We are determined to take our country back… We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.”
— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 12, 2017
Trump’s initial milquetoast tweet incited a different reaction in Duke, however. White supremacy leader Richard Spencer appeared to think that Trump was referring to antifa counter protesters.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
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. https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) August 12, 2017
Did Trump just denounce antifa? https://t.co/jOgiw4pPzK
— Richard ☝🏻Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) August 12, 2017