"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America," Trump stated.
The US president told reporters at the White House that "racism is evil," adding that those responsible for violence in the city would be held accountable.
Trump: "Racism is evil, those who support it are thugs, including the KKK."— Harrison Golden (@harrisongolden) 14 августа 2017 г.
Trump condemns KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as 'criminals and thugs,' says 'racism is evil.'— 🎙Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) 14 августа 2017 г.
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Trump promised to restore law and order in the US. "As a candidate, I promised to restore law and order to our country, and our federal law enforcement agencies are following through on that pledge. We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear."
Words Trump used: Racist criminal white supremacists hatred bigotry violence racism thugs neo-nazis kkk. Words not used? Terrorism #cville— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) 14 августа 2017 г.
The US Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the Charlottesville, Virginia car ramming attack that killed one woman and injured more than 30 people amid a white supremacist rally on Saturday, he said.
"I just met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation to the deadly car attack that killed an innocent American woman."
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.
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.