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After a white nationalist rally sparked violent protests in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, Donald Trump and several high-ranking government officials have spoken out.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, ” Trump said in a statement, according to the L.A. Times.

“What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives,” he continued.

The phrase “many sides” however, incensed many, including New York Senator, Chuck Schumer. “Of course we condemn ALL that hate stands for. Until @POTUS specifically condemns alt-right action in Charlottesville, he hasnt done his job,” Schumer tweeted, echoing the sentiments of many Americans.

Of course we condemn ALL that hate stands for. Until @POTUS specifically condemns alt-right action in Charlottesville, he hasnt done his job

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 12, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, also expressed a lack of satisfaction regarding Trump’s response. “Repeat after me, @realDonaldTrump: white supremacy is an affront to American values. # Charlottesville, she wrote.

Repeat after me, @realDonaldTrump: white supremacy is an affront to American values. #Charlottesville

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 12, 2017

GOP members also chimed in, managing to condemn the day’s actions without directly calling out white nationalist protesters.

“The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted: “The hate and bigotry witnessed in #Charlottesville does …read more

Source:: Refinery29

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