Yet, the statement was attributed to an unnamed spokesperson, not to Trump himself.
On Sunday, Ivanka tried to fix the problem for her father. She took to Twitter to use more direct language than her father’s “many sides” equivocation to denounce the groups and ideologies blamed for the senseless violence that resulted in injuries to many and death to one.
Ivanka pointedly used the terms “racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis,” while her father’s Saturday afternoon statement only referred generally to “hated and bigotry.”
Ivanka’s attempts to correct her father’s mistakes stood in sharp contrast to the statement of Trump. It was as if she confirmed the impression of many that Trump purposefully denied the involvement of the KKK. Because White House employs at least three senior advisors — Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller — who are known for their sympathy to white nationalist, anti-semintic or alt-right viewpoints, Trump’s refusal to condemn these groups was painfully obvious. In an editorial,the New York Times said that Bannon’s “nationalist theories and Breitbart dog whistles helped summon the rage on display in Charlottesville.
To make matters worse, white supremacists were delighted that Trump didn’t criticize them in anything he said or tweeted over the two days of racist violence:
“He didn’t attack us,” crowed The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, according to the Times editorial. “No condemnation at all. … God bless him.”
Donald Trump is himself a terrorist, a white supremacist, and a supporter of Neo-nazis. He is the antithesis of American values. He is toxic to the American way of life. His impeachment will not come soon enough for me.