Just a day after a state of emergency was declared, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer spoke with CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday about the mayhem that erupted in his city.
Appearing on “State of the Union,” Signer held President Donald Trump responsible for the violence that took place in Charlottesville.
“You said you placed blame for these terrifying events, ‘right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president,’” Tapper stated. “That’s a very strong charge to level. Why do you think the president himself bears responsibility?”
“Well, look at the campaign he ran,” Signer answered.
Signer highlighted Trump’s “courting” of “white supremacists, white nationalists and anti-Semitic groups” as well as “his repeated failure to step up, condemn, denounce, silence and put to bed all of those different efforts just like what we saw yesterday.”
Furthermore, Signer argued that Americans are “failing to see leadership from the White House.” Nevertheless, politicians elsewhere are denouncing the horrible riots and violence that occurred on Saturday.
The Charlottesville mayor noted that both Republicans and Democrats must come together to condemn hatred and racism in America.
“The country is going to move ahead,” Signer exclaimed. “This is going to be a turning point for our country to overcome this stuff, just like we’ve overcome these challenges in our past.”
On Saturday, “Unite the Right” protest was scheduled to criticize the removal of a General Robert E. Lee statue commemorating the confederacy. The protest turned violent when clashes erupted between alt-right supporters, counter-protesters, white nationalists, and Black Lives Matter members.
First reported by The Blaze.