Fox News host Eboni K. Williams criticized President Donald Trump heavily over his response to Saturday's Charlottesville terror attack during her segment Monday evening on "The Fox News Specialists," claiming the president's initial remarks on the attack were lukewarm and disingenuous.
“I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt,” Williams said during "Eboni's Docket," a segment on "The Specialists."
“I can no longer do that, Mr. President. No more benefit ― all doubt,” she said.,
“In a moment where you could have been crystal clear where you stand on the issue of inclusion, standing up against white supremacy and domestic terrorism, you very intentionally chose to be ambiguous and equivocate,” Williams continued.
Williams, visibly upset over the Charlottesville attack and the president's response, said, “President Trump, I do not know your heart, but what I do know for sure is that you’ve clearly done the math. You've decided that the portion of your base that is absolutely racist is so significant, so valuable that you hesitate ― even in the face of blatant, flagrant hatred ― to risk turning them off and thereby crippling your political stronghold.”
Trump was taken to task over his initial comments Saturday about the Charlottesville attack, in which he 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.”
He continued, “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. 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.”
Trump clarified those remarks on Monday, calling for a ceasefire in white supremacist behavior.
He 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.”
Recalling previous comments made by the president about his base of dedicated supporters, Williams said, "You remember when you said your base would stick with you even if you shot someone on Fifth Avenue? I think you are right. I think they will stick with you through anything. ... They will even stick with you while you calm their fears and deep-seated anger around their perceived depreciation of the intrinsic value of whiteness in this country. Let’s be honest: That’s what this is all really about."
Williams did not outright call the president racist, but claimed that he was "all too happy to reap the benefits" of racists who do support him.
"You even tacitly encourage them with evasive, irresponsible statements," she added, referring to Trump's initial comments which many on both sides of the aisle considered vague.
She concluded her segment and said, "You are uniquely positioned to forcefully call out evil, anti-American domestic terrorists. We certainly cannot change what we fail to acknowledge. I am asking you to address their anger, their misplaced fears. Let them know this is America, land of opportunity, and there is indeed enough to go around."
See Williams' full comments in the video below.