The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish NGO that combats bigotry, released a statement on Sunday afternoon calling on U.S. President Donald Trump to call out and condemn white supremacy in the wake of the violence that broke out the day before in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"ADL supports the response from many elected officials, public figures and community leaders and welcomes President Trump’s condemnation of hate and violence," the statement reads in part. "However, the president must clearly denounce white supremacy in all forms."
Trump, speaking at his golf resort in New Jersey on Saturday, had said that "many sides" were involved in Charlottesville. He made no reply to a reporter's shouted question whether he had spoken out strongly enough against white nationalists.
"This is a moment that demands moral leadership. President Trump should acknowledge that this is not a matter of equivalence between two sides with similar gripes," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said. "There is no rationalizing white supremacy and no room for this vile bigotry. It is un-American and it needs to be condemned without hesitation."
He concluded: "It is long overdue for the president to develop a plan of action to combat white supremacy and all forms of hate, including investing funds in countering violent extremism from all ideological corners. We stand ready to partner in this effort. Without a clear denunciation and plan of action, these bigots are only emboldened."
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