Charlottesville Mayor Reveals That He Still Hasn’t Received a Phone Call From Trump
It has been five days since the atrocious events of Charlottesville, where one woman was killed and many others injured in when a 20-year-old white supremacist deliberately drove his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters. Of course, the news cycle has been dominated over the past day by President Donald Trump’s claim that “both sides” were to blame for the violence while essentially defending the alt-right.
But despite the fact that the president has stated that he condemns violence, hatred, and bigotry on “many sides,” and has given “best regards” to the victims, he still has yet to actually pick up the phone and call the mayor of Charlottesville to express his condolences and offer assistance.
At the end of an interview on CNN this evening, anchor Anderson Cooper directly asked Mayor Michael Signer if the President has been in contact.
“He has not,” Signer stated. “I got a call on Saturday that he was going to call, and an aide was in touch with me and said that I should expect a call and that never came.”
He added, “And I was asked on Monday, sitting down with our congressman here, would I take a call from the president. I said, ‘Of course, of course, I would,’ and still have not.”
Also in the interview, Signer said the reports that a “stand down” order was given by the police during the violent clashes on Saturday was false, noting that the story appears to come from an unsubstantiated tweet.
So, just to recap. With the nation’s attention captured by the events of Charlottesville, the president of this country has decided it has not been worth his time to just check in on the mayor and see if he and the city are doing OK and whether anything is needed.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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