Donald Trump promulgated a Congress resolution condemning the White Supremacists
The US president also reiterated Thursday that he was right to say that both sides were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville.
On September 14, Donald Trump issued a resolution condemning White supremacists, following the death of an anti-racist activist in August in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the ambiguous remarks of the billionaire on the perpetrators of violence between supremacists whites and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators.
The text “rejects white nationalists, white supremacists, Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate-making groups, “ according to a White House statement. The resolution was passed unanimously this week by Congress, first by the Senate on Monday and then by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
The president said in a second statement that he was “happy” to sign the text, adding: “As Americans, we condemn the recent acts of violence in Charlottesville and we oppose hatred, sectarianism, racism in all its forms. “
“Trump may be right”
But on Thursday, Donald Trump also reaffirmed to reporters that he was right to state that both sides were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville. Speaking on his return from Florida, where he witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Irma, he felt that violence provoked by anti-fascist activists at the end of August in California had proved him right.
“I think that in light of the emergence of ” Antifa ” when we look at what is happening, there are also dirty types on the other side. And that’s basically what I said, “ said the president, referring to a conversation he had on Wednesday with South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott, an African American who criticized his reaction to the violence of Charlottesville. Before adding:
“Given what has happened since with the ” antifa ” , you see in a different light what happened since Charlottesville. A lot of people say, in fact a lot of people have written, ” Oh, Trump might be right. “
Heather Heyer, an anti-racist protester, was killed on the sidelines of a banned demonstration on August 12 in Charlottesville by a nationalist who drove into the crowd at the wheel of his car. Nineteen people were also injured. The city of Virginia was for two days the scene of violent confrontations between the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacist militants – who opposed the dismantling of a Confederate general statue – and on the other hand, many anti-racist counter-demonstrators.
Donald Trump had aroused amazement among the American political class, including in his Republican camp, by an ambivalent comment a few days later. While condemning the white supremacists and the neo-Nazis, he said that there were wrongs – but also people “very well” – “on both sides”.