On Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) asserted that President Donald Trump holds “some responsibility” for the acts of terrorism that occurred in Charlottesville.
When asked by reporters, Sanders responded that Trump should bear some of the blame for the violence that erupted Saturday, according to the Burlington Free Press.
“How much, if any responsibility do you think that the Trump administration has for conjuring that behavior?” questioned a reporter.
Sanders replied “Look, I think it is — when you have a president who doesn’t have the guts to say what the vast majority of the people understand to be true, that white supremacy and neo-Nazism have got to be condemned, he can’t even do that! The message he is sending out to racists and neo-Nazis all over the country is, ‘It’s OK.’ In fact, you heard some language to that. ‘The president hasn’t condemned us. Why don’t we do more rallies? Why don’t we spread the word of white supremacy and racism and neo-Nazism?’ So do I think the president bears some responsibility for that? Absolutely, yes.”
On Monday, Trump gave a subsequent statement regarding the violence in Charlottesville. This time, he specifically condemned white supremacists for perpetrating hate.
Trump announced to the media:
“Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. … Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America. To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered.”
First reported by The Blaze.