The United Nations has weighed in on the violence in Charlottesville, criticizing President Trump’s response to racist Alt-“Right” groups and making no mention Antifa violence.
A panel of U.N. experts denounced “the failure at the highest political level of the United States of America to unequivocally reject and condemn racist violent events and demonstrations” in Charlottesville and called for “the Government of the United States of America, including high-level politicians and public officials” to “unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn racist hate speech and racist crimes.”
Further, the U.N. panel recommended that the government “take concrete measures to address the root causes of the proliferation of such racist manifestations.”
The U.N. statement made no mention of the club-wielding Antifa leftists.
The president addressed both the U.N.’s concerns and Antifa in his statements.
On Saturday, August 12, President Trump condemned the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.” The president said “it has no place in America” and called for the restoration of the rule of law.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society. And no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time.
The president also said the nation must “study” what happened in Charlottesville and “see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen.”
Above all else, we must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag. We're proud of our country. We're proud of who we are. So, we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it. And we want to see what we're doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen. My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together. So important. We have to respect each other. Ideally we have to love each other.
While the president did not condemn neo-Nazis and the Alt-“Right” by name on Saturday, he did unequivocally condemn hatred and bigotry. In later statements the president did condemn racist groups by name. While he announced no government action to address the causes of racism, he did call for national unity and for a national examination of what happened in Charlottesville, urging Americans to “love each other.”
The president also called for the “swift restoration of law and order” and praised the efforts of law enforcement to quell the violence and investigate what appeared to be a terror attack.