NAACP Responds To Trump & Alt-Right Terrorists & America Has Their Back

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The governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville on Saturday, after white nationalists and counter protesters clashed regarding a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general, Robert E. Lee from a nearby park. The demonstration was dubbed the “largest gathering of white nationalists in recent years,” according to the New York Times.

President Trump took to Twitter to condemn the violence taking place in Charlottesville, however, he refused to utter the words “white nationalists.”

Instead, he said:

‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.’

He posted three clips on Twitter of him addressing the matter.

‘What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. #Charlottesville’

‘We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST.’

‘We will continue to follow developments in Charlottesville, and will provide whatever assistance is needed. We are ready, willing and able.’

As of Saturday evening, though, President Trump is facing backlash in the form of criticism from civil rights groups, who say the president should have condemned white supremacy. Instead, Trump declined to call the demonstration a white nationalist rally, instead adding that the violence “on many sides” was unacceptable.

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), though, was quick to call out the president for his lack of an adequate response. They wrote on Twitter:

‘@realDonaldTrump: “Both sides, law & order…” Your false equivalency, dog whistles are sad. White supremacy is to blame. #Charlottesville’

The NAACP was also quite vocal on Twitter, tweeting the following remarks.

‘Fear does not live here ! #Charlottesville’

After the news that one person had died as a result of the protests, NAACP tweeted:

‘One person dead from violence, this has to stop. #Charlottesville’

Then, the NAACP called for the White House to remove Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News who’s openly known for hating anyone who isn’t a straight, white, male.

‘We call on the President to take the steps to remove Steve Bannon — well-known white supremacist leader — from his team of advisers. @CNN’

‘Guess it’s hard to disavow bigots and hate when they are amongst your key strategists. #Charlottesville’

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