President Donald Trump's initial remarks about Saturday's Charlottesville riot, which resulted in the death of one person and the injury of another reported 35 people, may have fallen flat for many people across the United States. But on Monday, Trump issued a second statement condemning white supremacy in America.
In a brief statement to reporters, Trump condemned the violence that the U.S. saw on Saturday and said, "Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."
"Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America," he continued. "To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered."
This was a stark comparison to the statement Trump issued on Saturday as the violent events unfolded.
Trump's initial statement said, "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."
"As a candidate I promised to restore law and order to our country, and our federal law enforcement agencies are following through on that pledge," Trump said. "We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear. We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans and we will work together so that every citizen in this blessed land is free to follow their dreams, in their hearts, and to express the love and joy in our souls."
See Trump's full remarks from the press conference in the video below.
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