"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides," Trump said Saturday. "On many sides."
President Donald Trump drew sharp criticism on Saturday for not singling out white nationalists when he condemned the violent clashes that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides," Trump said at a press conference. "On many sides."
He added: "It's been going on for a long, long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It's been going on for a long, long time."
Observers quickly latched onto Trump's statements and slammed him for not explicitly rebuking the #UniteTheRight white nationalist rally that was called in response to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike were particularly critical of Trump's lackluster condemnation:
Even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke out:
A number of other voices chimed in as well:
"Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough, whom Trump has frequently criticized on Twitter, also weighed in.
"The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of 'many sides,'" tweeted Virginia's attorney general, Mark Herring. "It is racists and white supremacists."
Some Twitter users also called Trump out for lambasting former President Barack Obama for not using the term, "radical Islamic terrorism," while he himself did not specifically denounce white nationalists in Charlottesville.
Saturday's demonstrations turned deadly when a car plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters, resulting in multiple injuries and at least one death.
One witness had two friends who were hit by the car and had to take them to the hospital. The witness described the incident as "absolutely intentional."
"A packed street and a car comes speeding down, at least 40 mph and rams into everyone, backs up and does it again," they said in a text message to Outline staff writer William Turton.