Aug 13, 2017, 1:07 PM ET

White House says Trump 'condemns' white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups


In the wake of the violence that led to three deaths and 19 injuries during and after a planned white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, a White House spokesperson said Sunday that President Donald Trump "condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred" -- including white supremacy.

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The new statement on Sunday comes a day after the president was widely criticized for not explicitly condemning white supremacy in his remarks. The president himself has still not addressed the omission directly.

"The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together," a White House spokesperson said.

ABC News asked the president Saturday if he wants the support of white nationalist groups, who say they support him, and whether he feels he's denounced them strongly enough. The president on Saturday did not answer any questions from reporters, however, after he’d taken questions from reporters extensively in prior days.

Trump first tweeted about the violence in Charlottesville Saturday afternoon.

Later on Saturday, speaking from his golf club in New Jersey, Trump made a statement to address the violence.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," Trump said. "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. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives."

Afterwards, former vice president Joe Biden responded on Twitter, writing, "There is only one side. #charlottesville"

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., directly called out the president on Twitter, writing, "Mr. President -- we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism."

On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C. agreed with Gardner.

"[President Trump] missed an opportunity to be very explicit here," Graham said. "These groups seem to believe they have a friend in Donald Trump in the White House. I don't know why they believe that, but they don't see me as a friend in the Senate, and I would urge the president to dissuade these groups that he's their friend."

On Saturday, white nationalists held the Unite the Right rally to protest the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park downtown. They were met with hundreds of counter protesters and fights quickly broke out, which led Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.

Later in the day, a silver Dodge Challenger rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, sending people "flying," as Sam Becker, 24, describe to the Associated Press. One woman -- 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was killed and 19 others injured, according to Charlottesville City Police Department.

Authorities say the driver of that car was 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr.. Fields, along with three other individuals, was arrested.

Two Virginia state police officers were killed in connection to the rally. Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Virginia., and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, Virginia died when their helicopter crashed as they were "assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation in Charlottesville," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said in a statement. The crash is still being investigated.

Of the 19 patients from the car incident Saturday that were transported to UVA Medical Center, 10 are in good condition and nine have been discharged, Angela Taylor with UVA Health Systems said on Sunday afternoon. She added that the hospital has treated additional patients related to Saturday’s events, but the facility does not have an exact number of patients.

ABC News' David Caplan contributed reporting for this story.

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  • qhbabs

    I find it hard to believe that a man who has jewish grandchildren is a supporter of Nazis.

  • Snorlaxation

    Not gonna let my comments stay deleted.
    he just can't bring himself to fully condemn a group that stands by him. Loyalty means the most to him, even when it's actual racists.

  • Mr Bones

    I don't believe a word the Buffoon in Chief says. The statement "worst president in history" doesn't even come close. He and his followers are an embarrassment to America.

  • tinyhandsdontbuildwalls

    Why can't he just say it? Why does the WH spokesperson have to say it for him?

  • Donnie The Lion

    "At the end of the day, America belongs to white men," [Richard Spencer] said at the time [Texas A&M, December 2016].

    White women take note: you are being cast aside with blacks, latinos, etc. The Alt-Right has no use for you other than breeding more white men. Still have any shred of sympathy for them?

  • Pi_Boson

    I do not care about domestic terrorism. This is hate and this is country to the Constitution, to US law. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN is an empty statement when you have white nationalists in the White House telling the so-called president what to do!!!

    The bigots, white nationalists, and like-minded people say they "support trump" so his followers are empowered by deplorable donald dump's inaction on hate and bigotry.

  • MauiOhana808

    Donald, besides other things...........lacks a backbone.............and he NEVER does the right thing!!!
    Make America Donaldless Again!!!!
    Aloha : )

  • KB Peters

    It turns out that S Miller and Bannon were with Trump when he "wrote" his statement in response to the white supremacy. Enough said.

  • Lee Thompson

    And why would we believe anything Trump says? He lies the majority of the time. He has no credibility. These Nazis, KKK-ers, 'supremacists' helped put him in the WH.

  • KB Peters


    I remember the march on Skokie Ill., a Jewish neighborhood north of Chicago back in the 1980's. It was pretty much a peaceful march as the counter protesters basically just shouted back at the Klan. That was during a time when most Americans looked at the Klan as a hateful past-their-due-date, irrelevant lame group of unemployed losers.

    Now these white supremacy groups are getting stronger, are getting more violent, and getting more vocal. They are rightfully seen as a real threat. WHY?

    They feel embolden by a POTUS who seems to support them. They seem to have CHAMPIONS to their cause in the freaking white house. They voted for a POTUS who has tweeted vile sexist and racist comments. People are rightfully afraid that white supremacy is getting powerful. And why not? We didn't believe that a sexist racist vulgar man would ever become POTUS.

    We have to push back or we might find our country echoing the event of 1930's Germany.

    Ask yourselves, what would have happened if moderate ordinary Germans had stood up and fought back against the thugs during November 1938's Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass?

  • PanicMoon

    These were Nazis. Nazi flags. Nazi salutes. I don't care what some paid WH spokesperson says to clear their own conscience working for this joke of a POTUS, I want it to come out of Trump's mouth that he denounced Nazis. The Nazis came after my maternal grandfather and his family in Amsterdam. My paternal grandfather died in WWII fighting them. I will not recognize him as my POTUS as long as he remains silent.

    Neo-Nazis, White supremacists, et al, aren't the only people in this country allowed to have guns. If they come after me and my family, THIS time we'll be ready for them.

  • Henry R

    It's clear that Alex Fields is a racist Hitlerite. It's also clear he is a terrorist. Hopefully he spends the rest of his life in a cell with a black Jewish guy.

  • Baa

    Since when are white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi on different sides?

  • hopesprings52

    Trump will never directly say anything demonstrative aimed at his core White supremacist, neo-Nazi supporters. They're a major reason why he's now in the White House.

  • jeff

    you mean like when barry wouldn't say "radical islam"?

  • TexasVulcan

    So tired of waking up to find "White House sources say that President Trump really means...".

  • Kevin T. Keith

    You know who *didn't* say that? Trump.

  • Sarah Levine

    No he didn't! His mother, Samantha Bloom, told the Toledo Blade that she didn't know her son was going to Virginia for a white nationalist rally. She thought it had something to do with President Donald Trump. The attack was all about Trump and his hateful rhetoric.

  • Citizen123

    Trump fed the birther movement against President Obama and now he will not personally call out Neo-Nazis and White Nationals parading in an American city who used ISIS style tactics by ramming a car into a crowd killing and injuring people. It was an act of domestic terrorism and POTUS remains silent. SICKENING!