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    President Donald Trump walks away after speaking about the ongoing situation in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

    Trump Once Again Urged to 'Be Clear and Condemn' Charlottesville Violence

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

    US Senator Ben Cardin called on President Donald Trump to clearly condemn racist, hate-filled action in the wake of the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Saturday, Trump condemned the violence in Charlottesville, but said the events showed hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, and did not explicitly condemn "white supremacists" involved in the rally. His statement prompted a storm of criticism from both US politicians and the public.

    "The hate on display in Charlottesville has been horrific and un-American…. The President must be clear and condemn the hate-filled rhetoric, racist, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, homophobic and xenophobic actions from his supporters," said Cardin, who is the Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

    On August 12, the city of Charlottesville in the US state of Virginia saw a major rally of far-right nationalists protesting the removal of a monument dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The rally, dubbed Unite the Right, which subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and counter-protesters and culminated in the car ramming attack, resulting in several deaths and many injuries.

    The violent clashes prompted Governor of the US state of Virginia Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency in Charlottesville on Saturday.

    On Sunday, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert tried to explain Trump's reaction, saying that the US president did not mention the far-right groups in his statement because he did not want to dignify the movement.

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


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