Pelosi Statement on President Trump’s Comments Doubling Down on Initial Charlottesville Violence Response

Aug 15, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Ashley Etienne, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump reiterated his belief that “both sides” were to blame for white nationalist violence in Charlottesville: 
“The President’s press conference today made plain that the statement he gave on Saturday is what he really believes.  The President’s continued talk of blame ‘on many sides’ ignores the abhorrent evil of white supremacism, and continues a disturbing pattern of complacency around acts of hate from this President, his Administration and his campaign for the presidency.  

“From the beginning, President Trump has sheltered and encouraged the forces of bigotry and discrimination.  We have seen the manifestation of this behavior in the hiring of White House staff members, but also in the unmistakable conduct of his Administration toward immigrants, Muslims, and communities of color.  

“There is only one side to be on when a white supremacist mob brutalizes and murders in America.  The American people deserve a president who understands that.”

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