Trump just weighed in on the riots, and here’s what he—and everyone else—had to say
After hours of silence, President Donald Trump finally commented on the white nationalist rally and related violence happening in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.
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
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for,” the president tweeted. “There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”
Trump tweeted after 1 p.m. on Saturday, almost two hours after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville and the city determined the scheduled Unite the Right rally protesting the removal of Confederate monuments to be a form of unlawful assembly.
His tweet took a long time, and it came after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and even First Lady Melania Trump had already commented.
The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017
Their commentary made the president’s earlier silence particularly noticeable. And plenty of other people had their own reactions as well.
The White House has no official connection to the rally planned in Charlottesville, but many of the marchers were Trump supporters who praised the president while they waved Nazi and Confederate flags. One Twitter user captured video of marchers yelling, “Heil Trump.”
Some of the violence in Virginia was between the white nationalist protesters and counter-protesters — perhaps why Trump’s comment focusing on us all “[coming] together as one.”
As J.K. Rowling said, hell of a day to forget how to tweet.