President Donald Trump took to the podium at the White House Monday for a do-over of sorts on his Charlottesville comments. But judging by reaction on Twitter, the President did little to sway public opinion in his favor.
“[T]hose who cause violence in [racism’s] name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said during his brief address.
But the comments were “too little, too late” for most on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of the reaction from politicians, journalists, and others:
All it took was 3 days of crushing public pressure for @realDonaldTrump to finally muster the courage to condemn nazism & racism.
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) August 14, 2017
Wish Trump would’ve led &united us on Sat. by calling out white supremacists &neo-Nazis who led attack—Hope he keeps promise to stop bigotry
— Mike Quigley (@RepMikeQuigley) August 14, 2017
Feels too little, too late, too contrived, 48 hours later, too belabored. Trump White House on #Charlottesville
— Maria Hinojosa (@Maria_Hinojosa) August 14, 2017
— Gregory Meeks (@GregoryMeeks) August 14, 2017
It shouldn’t take 72 hours for the President to condemn Nazis marching in the street.
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) August 14, 2017
This is a speech from a desperate staff that knows how badly Trump got rekt this weekend.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 14, 2017
This would have been a fine, normal statement on Saturday. Now it just sounds like desperate, uncharacteristic overcompensating.
— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) August 14, 2017
Another vague denunciation of bad things, by Donald J. Trump.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 14, 2017
If Trump had given speech like this on Saturday, we’d have commended him. On Monday, it does nothing for me. Zero. I suspect, I’m not alone.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 14, 2017
This statement from Trump – beginning with self-praise on the economy – similar to his presser acknowledging Obama was born in US.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 14, 2017
congratulations to President Trump for winning the Bare Minimum award
— Erin ?Gloria? Ryan (@morninggloria) August 14, 2017
On its face, not a bad statement. But it means little given Trump was brought to it kicking and screaming. His allegiance is clear.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 14, 2017
This statement by Trump is STILL offensive and insuffiencient… I’m DONE! I’ve BEEN done… #Charlotteville
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) August 14, 2017
Trump is so loathe to issue this statement, he has to lead up to it with a lengthy self-congratulation on the economy
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 14, 2017
only reason Trump couldn’t have said all this on Saturday is that he doesn’t mean it
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) August 14, 2017
The President of the United States should not have to be publicly shamed into condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) August 14, 2017
It took Trump a half speech to get to saying White supremacists, neoNazis and KKK. Now restore all Domestic extremism intelligence funding
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) August 14, 2017
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