After blaming "both sides" Trump verbalizes his opposition to racism.
After a stand-off between white supremacists and counter-protesters on Saturday left three dead and many more injured, President Trump was criticized for not denouncing the Neo-Nazis who participated in the “Unite the Right” rally.
That changed on Monday when Trump heavily criticized hate groups and their participation in the violent event.
"Racism is evil -- and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," He said at a late morning press conference today.
"Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America," Trump added.
The public, as well as Republicans and Democrats, were left confounded by the president’s unwillingness to condemn the hate groups and their actions, especially after one white supremacist plowed his car into a group of counter-protestors killing one person in that group
Trump gave an ambiguous statement about the rally and the violence blaming “many sides” and not pinpointing any one group.
Usually taking to Twitter, Trump remained silent on his social feed for the past two days. But on Monday took the opportunity to criticize African American and CEO of Merck Pharma, Ken Frazier, who resigned from Trump's council after his refusal to lambast white supremacists.
"Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES," Trump tweeted.