Virginia Gov. Rips Trump: ‘That Was Not Leadership…We Cannot Be Dividing People’


Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is going after President Trump for his failure to provide unifying leadership in the wake of Charlottesville.

McAuliffe gave an interview today with CBS This Morning, where he voiced support for the recent calls around the country to take down pro-Confederate monuments. McAuliffe also stated that tearing down statues was not the most important issue at the moment, but rather, it is confronting the racial division that were on display last weekend.

“There is hatred, there is bigotry that has been unleashed in this country, and we need to understand how it’s happened,” said McAuliffe. “This is hatred, and we got to address it. These [white supremacists] were not patriots, these were cowards.”

McAuliffe also went into detail about a phone call he had with Trump earlier this week. McAuliffe said Trump agreed with him when they spoke about stamping out racism, but McAuliffe went on to blast the president’s inflammatory remarks from his Tuesday press conference.

“That was not leadership, what I saw,” McAuliffe said. “Those remarks are dividing people; we cannot be dividing people.”

McAuliffe went on to say that Trump is free to come to Charlottesville if he wants to talk about racial healing, but “I do not want the president to come here to continue on with the speeches he’s given for the last couple of days.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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