The mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia Michael Signer blamed U.S. President Donald Trump for stoking the violence that has erupted at a white supremacist rally in the Virginia college town.
Signer criticized the president and said that he was not seeing leadership out of the White House, on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper. According to Signer, President Donald Trump played a role in what broke out in Charlottesville on
“You said you placed blame for these terrifying events, ‘right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president,’” Tapper said. “That’s a very strong charge to level. Why do you think the president himself bears responsibility?”
“Well, look at the campaign he ran,” Signer responded.
Signer pointed to Trump’s “courting” of “white supremacists, white nationalists and anti-Semitic groups” as well as “his repeated failure to step up, condemn, denounce, silence and put to bed all of those different efforts just like what we saw yesterday.”
The mayor said the American people are “failing to see leadership from the White House” but other mayors and leaders across the nation are stepping up and condemning the violence that took place.
“The country is going to move ahead,” Signer told Tapper. “This is going to be a turning point for our country to overcome this stuff, just like we’ve overcome these challenges in our past.”
White nationalists clashed with counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, prompting the governor to
declare an emergency and stop a rally to protest the planned removal of a Confederate general from a public park.
The Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly vehicle incident that left one dead and at
least 19 injured, some critically. President Donald Trump blamed “many sides” for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said. “It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.” Trump said.