….Declares ‘racism is evil’ and denounces neo-Nazis, KKK
Criticisms have continued to trail the US president Donald Trump for promoting hate racists movements in the country, which however triggered the president’s condemnation of racism.
On Monday, one of the US’s most high profile African American executives quit Trump’s business advisory panel, saying: “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy,” prompting an immediate attack from the president, who tweeted: “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”
Weekend racist violence in the US was prompted by a white nationalist rally opposing a plan to remove from a Charlottesville park a statue of the American Confederate general Robert E Lee. A 32-year-old woman who was protesting against hate groups, Heather Heyer, was killed after being run over by a car.
More than 30 people were injured in clashes between far right supporters and counter-protesters. Two state police officers also died in a helicopter crash after assisting in efforts to quell the unrest.
According to agency report, President Trump delivered a statement from the White House on Monday explicitly condemning violent white supremacists.
“Racism is evil,” Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Room. “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 we hold dear as Americans.”
“As I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws,” the president said. “We all salute the same great flag. And we are all made by the same almighty god.”
The comments came after Trump was widely criticized for only knocking violence from “many sides” at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where a car was driven into a crowd of counterpotesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 other people.
Two Virginia state troopers were also killed when their police helicopter crashed nearby. In his initial remarks Saturday, Trump did not explicitly call out neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members or other self-identified white supremacists there.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides,” the president said during a previously-scheduled press event at his golf club in New Jersey. “On many sides.
It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”