—Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer on Sunday appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper to discuss the violence that took place in his city on Saturday.
According to Signer, President Donald Trump played a role in what broke out in Charlottesville on Saturday.
“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.
Signer said what happened in his town is a unifying force amongst Democrats and Republicans alike.
“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.”