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    Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, right, gestures during a news conference concerning the white nationalist rally and violence as Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, center, and Virginia Secretary of Public safety Brian Moran, left, listen in Charlottesville, Va

    Charlottesville Mayor Slams WH for Lack of Leadership in Responding to Clashes

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    Charlottesville Violence During Pro-Confederate Protest in US' Virginia (68)

    Michael Signer, the mayor of the US city of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday criticized the White House and President Donald Trump for not showing enough leadership against the backdrop of violent clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters in the town.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, far-right nationalists gathered at a rally in Charlottesville, protesting against the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The rally turned violent and led to clashes between the demonstrators and counterprotesters, culminating in a car ramming attack, which left one person dead and over 30 injured.

    ​"There's two words that need to be said over and over again – domestic terrorism and white supremacy. That is exactly what we saw on display this weekend, and we just are not seeing leadership from the White House," Signer told CNN's State of the Union program.

    The mayor added that Trump was the one to be blamed for the events in Charlottesville, pointing out back to Trump’s election campaign.

    "Look at the campaign he ran. Look at the intentional courting, both on the one hand all of these white supremacist, white nationalist groups like that, anti-Semitic groups, and then look on the other hand the repeated failure to step up and condemn, denounce, silence, put to bed, all of those different efforts just like we saw yesterday, and this is not hard. But to be honest, this is not about Donald Trump," Signer said.

    Trump on Saturday condemned the violence in Charlottesville as a "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides," but refrained from blaming any particular group for the outbreak of violence.

    Several US senators from both the Democratic and the Republican parties, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, have also condemned Charlottesville violence as an act of "domestic terrorism."

    Charlottesville Violence During Pro-Confederate Protest in US' Virginia (68)


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