President Donald Trump is facing criticism over the way he’s responded to the violence on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia where a clash between alt-right white nationalists and counter protestors ended abruptly after a 20 yr. old male drove his car into a group of counter protestors, killing at least 1 and injuring 19 others in what appears to be an act of domestic terrorism.
The suspect of the car ramming incident is currently in custody and has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., age 20, of Ohio who was charged with 2nd degree murder, 3 accounts of malicious wounding, and failure to stop in an accident involving a death, according to Col. Martin Kumer, superintendent of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
The Daily Beast reported that Fields is a registered Republican.
Charlottesville’s police chief has already described the car ramming incident as premeditated.
Here is aerial drone coverage of the violent car ramming incident.
A drone captured the terrifying moment a car plowed into the crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia pic.twitter.com/9YbX73bhCS
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 13, 2017
Federal prosecutors haven’t yet charged James Alex Fields Jr. with terrorism, although the video that was obtained on the ground from protestors clearly shows Mr. Fields’ car accelerating at high speeds directly towards a crowd of protestors that filled the street in protest of the alt- right “Unite the Right” rally before he struck peaceful protestors.
Here is a video of the car ramming incident.
According to CNN, federal authorities have opened a civil rights investigation into the fatal car attack in Charlottesville.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 13, 2017
President Trump has faced some criticism over the way he reacted to the Saturday violence in Charlottesville for not criticizing the alt-right movement that contained large numbers of protestors on Saturday inciting violence with their racist ideology.
During a speech on Saturday at his golf club from Bedminster, New Jersey President Trump said “we condemn in strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides.”
Absent from Trump’s speech was any criticism pointed directly at the alt-right nationalists who had assembled to protest a political effort in Charlottesville to remove a statue of former Confederate leader Robert Lee.
President Trump explained that violence has been going on “for a long time” in America and has no place in the country.
He later boasted about how America has low unemployment and he’s working to renegotiate America’s trade deals.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted on Saturday that it’s important for President Trump to describe the events in Charlottesville as a terror attack by white supremacists.
“Very important for the nation to hear
@potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 12, 2017
Many of the alt-right nationalists that marched through the streets were heard chanting support for President Trump, including the phrase “Heil Trump.”
Alt-right marcher shouting "Heil Trump." pic.twitter.com/vAaXq5pFYc
— Tom Perriello (@tomperriello) August 12, 2017
During the 2016 presidential election season, President Trump was slow to repudiate the endorsement of white nationalist and former KKK Leader David Duke.
He also used derogatory and offensive language when describing Mexicans immigrants coming to the U.S.
President Trump’s current White House Strategist Steve Bannon has also been associated with alt-right ideology when he worked for Breitbart News in the past.
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Here’s my latest YouTube video where I have added some commentary about yesterday’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and President Trump’s reaction.