On Monday afternoon, President Trump held a press conference in which he specifically condemned “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis” two days after three people were killed in a deadly car attack in Charlottesville.
Trump vowed that “justice will be delivered” to those responsible for the “racist violence” inflicted upon the victims. Trump faced criticism from both sides of the political spectrum after he failed to immediately condemn white supremacy.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America,” Trump said.
“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” he continued.
Trump said that the Justice Department has opened a civil rights probe into the attack.
“No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God,” Trump said, stating that those who acted illegally will be held “fully accountable.”
“We must love each other, show affection for each other and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans,” he said.
Trump’s message today was undoubtedly strong, but is it too little, too late?