White House Elaborates on Trump's Charlottesville Words
Some see an attempt to defend, others to clarify
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2017 1:35 PM CDT
President Donald Trump speak to members of the media regarding the on going situation in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Much has been made about President Trump's decision to place blame "on many sides" in his initial comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, rather than specifically denounce white supremacists by name. The White House was out with a statement on Sunday that the Hill frames as defending the president's words and Politico sees as clarifying them. It reads in part: "The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred. Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups."

The Washington Post's take: "The White House's clarification stopped far short of what a growing number of Republicans have urged the president to do: directly call out and condemn white supremacy." On CNN's State of the Union, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert suggested that not calling out white supremacists was intentional, in that Trump "didn't dignify the names of these groups of people, but rather addressed the fundamental issue," per the Hill. But the Post notes that the lack of specificity was hailed by the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi/white supremacy site that posted, "Trump comments were good. He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. ... When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him."

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