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WATCH: Why Trump Won't Condemn White Supremacists

All Trump he could muster after Saturday's upheaval in Charlottesville was a condemnation of hatred and violence 'on many sides.' Why won't he call it what it is?

Ben Samuels
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In a video op-ed, Ben Samuels asks why Trump won't condemn white nationalists in Charlottesville.
In a video op-ed, Ben Samuels asks why Trump won't condemn white nationalists in Charlottesville.Credit: Haaretz
Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels

Donald Trump isn't known for mincing his words.

After Saturday's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, however, all he could muster was a condemnation of the "egregious display of hated, bigotry and violence on many sides." Somehow, the president of the United States managed to avoid explicitly condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis proudly marching in American streets.

His pathetic false equivalency stands in stark contrast to his non-filtered condemnation of radicalism and terror – as long as it was motivated by Islam.

On Saturday, reporters asked him: "Mr. President, do you want the support of these white nationalist groups who say they support you? Have you denounced them strongly enough? A car plowing into people – would you call that terrorism sir?"

Trump's silence spoke louder than any of his empty denunciations.

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