Trump was widely criticized Saturday for not specifically calling out and condemning white supremacist groups, and the camp of critics also included members close to his inner circle, particularly former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who told ABC News that Trump should've been much harsher.
The president came under withering bipartisan scolding for not clearly condemning white supremacists and other hate groups on Saturday.
Bossert repeatedly attempted to blame Tapper and the media for scrutinizing Trump's refusal to explicitly condemn white supremacy, saying "what you say and do think does pervade what you say on air and the things you cover".
Signer, who is Jewish, became a target for online incitement and harassment from far-right activists earlier this year after he spoke out against their rallies and demonstrations in Charlottesville.
Sounds familiar: The KKK held a similar, torch-bearing protest in the beginning of July, which was met with 1,000 counter protestors and resulted in 23 arrests. They rallied behind his promises to build a wall on the southern border, reduce the number of foreigners allowed into the country and pressure everyone in the country to speak English and say "Merry Christmas".More news: Rauner urges lawmakers to let his school-funding veto stand
Trump responded to the incidents by condemned the violence "on many sides".
By Saturday afternoon, the governor of Virginia had declared a state of emergency.
"I wouldn't have recommended that statement", added Mr. Scaramucci, whose abbreviated tenure was characterized by a pledge to let Mr. Trump express himself without interference from staff members. "There is no place for you in America". And they celebrated Trump selecting Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist, who formerly ran the right-wing Breitbart News and advocated for what he calls the "alt-right" movement.
Trump never used the words "white supremacy" or "white nationalism". The previous day, Trump tweeted condolences to those officers soon after the helicopter crashed. A few hours after violent encounters between the two groups, a vehicle drove into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the rally. He scolded both sides and treated their offenses as being equal.
"Did Trump just denounce antifa?" tweeted Richard Spencer, who helped organize the protest in Charlottesville, using a term short for "anti-fascist" to describe violent liberal protesters.More news: Venezuela leader Maduro wants to meet Trump in NYC
But some of the white nationalists cited Trump's victory as validation for their beliefs, and Trump's critics pointed to the president's racially tinged rhetoric as exploiting the nation's festering racial tension.
Other Republicans took a completely different approach.
The Associated Press, who spoke to the driver's mother, quotes her as saying that she didn't know her son was going to a white supremacist rally.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. "My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home".
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