President Donald Trump delivered surprise remarks from the White House on Monday in the face of mounting criticism that he failed to condemn white supremacy following the Charlottesville terror attack — declaring “racism is evil,” and specifically condemning racist groups.
The Trump White House has been inundated with bipartisan criticism since he failed to unambiguously condemn racist groups, after a 20-year-old white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of peaceful protestors, killing one and injuring 19 more.
Following the weekend of intense criticism from all sides of the political spectrum, Trump took to the Roosevelt Room Monday, starting off his statements by touting the current state of the American economy and his administration’s successes.
After discussing the stock market, Trump announced that the Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation into the attack in Charlottesville.
Towards the end of the statement, the president addressed what his critics have been demanding he condemn since Saturday’s attack, declaring “racism is evil.”
“And those who cause violence in its 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,” he continued.
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