Trump on Charlottesville: KKK, neo-Nazis, White Supremacist Are Repugnant, Bigotry Has No Place in America

Two days later, Trump denounces attack, says 'racism is evil'

U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards the White House on the South Lawn after disembarking Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.
U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards the White House on the South Lawn after disembarking Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

U.S. President Donald Trump has finally condemened Saturday's attack in Charlottesville, Virginia in which one protestor was killed at a nationalist far-right rally.

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Speaking at the White House on Monday, Trump said that "racism is evil," and that the KKK, white supremacists and other hate groups were "repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans." 

"Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry struck at the heart of America," Trump said.

Trump said that anyone who acted criminally in Charlottesville and who perpetrated "racist violence," will be held accountable.

Critics said Trump had waited too long to address the bloodshed, and slammed him for stating initially that "many sides" were involved, rather than explicitly condemning white supremacists widely seen as sparking the melee.

It was also noted that Trump did not open his Monday remarks on the incident, but rather on the rise in employment in America since the start of his term.

Earlier on Monday U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions became the second Trump administration official to condemn the weekend attack in Charlottesville as an act of terrorism on Monday.

Two days after the attack, the president has not yet gone as far as to call the attack an incident of domestic terrorism.

At least one person was killed and 19 injured when a car, allegedy driven by nationalist James Alex Field, 20, plowed into a group of counter-protesters at a right-wing nationalist rally in Virginia on Saturday.

The rally was held by white nationalists and others who oppose a plan to remove from a Charlottesville park of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Fields has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he drove into the crowd, where he fatally injured one woman and hurting 19 others.

Fields was denied bail on Monday.