Dan Rather: Trump's Charlottesville Comments 'Divisive, Provocative'

Donald Trump Denounces Racism Ahead of White Supremacist Rally Anniversary

The violence culminated when a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman named Heather Heyer and injuring 19. Tim Scott said, one year after saying Trump's moral authority was "compromised" by his comments following a violent white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Two days later, after a firestorm of criticism, the president said: "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".

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump said. He ended his tweet by wishing "Peace to ALL Americans!"

Rather's comments come a week after he blasted Trump for his insults of National Basketball Association star LeBron James and CNN anchor Don Lemon.

President Donald Trump was roundly condemned previous year for saying there was "blame on both sides" for the violence, condemning the anti-fascists who came "with clubs in their hands". Yet in an unscripted moment the next day, he again said there was "blame on both sides".

Just over an hour before the rally was scheduled to begin, a police escort helped guide as many as 30 demonstrators for the white supremacist rally to the area in front of the White House planned for their event - a group that was dwarfed by the nearby counter-protestors in size and volume.

"We will be here until these fascist forces are gone, however long that takes", one counter protester said, according to the Associated Press.

Vice President Mike Pence also took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to comment on the riots from a year ago.

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President Donald Trump deserves credit for taking "a number of steps" in the year since the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, to "move us in a better direction", Sen.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll released earlier this week found 55 percent of voters say race relations have worsened under Trump.

In a new memoir, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman labels Trump a "racist" and claims she's been told there are tapes of him using the N-word repeatedly while filming "The Apprentice" reality series.

And Trump felt compelled to throw in "all types of racism" to make sure the "fine people" among the neo-Nazis don't feel left out.

Americans are divided on how they read the president's intentions on matters of race. This also from the president who said that 'Mexicans are bringing crime, they're bringing guns, they're rapists, some I assume are good people.

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