President Donald Trump gave a statement on Monday condemning in strong terms the egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence found in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday and directed more criticism towards the hate groups that marched and protested the removal of a statue of Robert Lee, a Confederate leader during the Civil War.
“Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans” Trump said on Monday.
President Trump faced criticism over the way he reacted on Saturday to the violence in Charlottesville because he failed to directly condemn the white supremacists who were 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 white supremacists.
Many Americans took his statement “on many sides” to mean that he was equally condemning the counter protestors, many of whom had assembled on Saturday to confront the racist ideology of the white supremacists.
President Trump appears to be disappointed that the news media didn’t widely cover his latest speech on Monday because he tweeted that the Fake News Media will never be satisfied and are “truly bad people!”
“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the
#Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!”
Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
White Nationalist leader Richard Spencer said during a press conference on Monday that he didn’t take President Trump seriously and described his latest speech full of condemnations towards hate groups as sounding “hallow and vapid.”
Meanwhile, President Trump continues to slip with his approval ratings among Americans.
According to the latest Gallup poll taken from August 11-13th, based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults, President Trump has polled at an all time low of 34 percent approval level, by one point the lowest of his administration so far.
In Durham, North Carolina on Monday a statue of a Confederate soldier was toppled by demonstrators who were shouting, “we are the revolution.”
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Taylor Swift Wins A Court Victory In Counter Lawsuit
A jury decided on Monday that Taylor Swift had been groped by former Denver radio DJ David Mueller in 2013 before a concert and awarded her the symbolic $1.00 in damages she had requested in her counter lawsuit.
Jurors also rejected a lawsuit that David Mueller had filed in court against Swift’s mother Andrea Swift and radio promotions manager Frank Bell after he claimed that they had attempted to get him fired from his DJ job after Taylor Swift accused him in 2013 of groping her by lifting up her skirt and touching her bare butt during a photo op.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Martinez dismissed Mueller’s lawsuit against Taylor Swift after Mueller claimed that she had interfered with his employment once her groping allegations came forward.
Following Swift’s court victory on Monday, she pledged to make donations to charitable groups assisting victims of sexual assault.
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