President Donald Trump was widely condemned Saturday after he failed to specifically denounce the white nationalism driving Saturday's protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
During a press conference earlier in the day, Trump blamed "many sides" for the violence and urged Americans to love one another. However, the statement didn't go far enough for most, considering that members of the "Alt-Right" and white nationalists are responsible for the demonstrations that led to Saturday's deadly protests.
National leaders, prominent Americans and media members on both sides of the political spectrum were quick to urge Trump to go further with his comments:
We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017
Saturday's protests were marked with widespread violence. They climaxed in the afternoon when a car plowed through a group of several hundred demonstrators, injuring 19 and killing one person. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has declared a local state of emergency and has staged National Guard troops.
The protests come as white supremacists from across the country gathered in Charlottesville to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The White House later doubled down on Trump's "many sides" comment: