Trump Finally Offers Strong Response To Charlottesville But His Initial Response Resonates

by Kim Boateng Last updated on April 16th, 2018,

A far-right publication actually praised Trump’s initial reaction due to its lack of specificity: “Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us,” the publication said. “Nothing specific against us.” After his initial remarks on Saturday, Aug. 12, people were furious with Trump over his apparent unwillingness to explicitly single out the extremist groups that participated in the march in Charlottesville..

On Monday, Aug. 14, President Donald Trump finally offered a forceful response to the awful events that transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11 and 12.

Tweets about Trump’s latest Charlottesville speech show his response might be too little, too late. Trump’s advisers reportedly pressured him to make these remarks after widespread criticism over his initial response to the events in Charlottesville, in which the president blamed “many sides” for the events that ultimately led to one death.

Many felt Trump should’ve been far less vague initially. This helps explain why so many have taken to Twitter to express their lack of satisfaction with Trump’s latest comments on Charlottesville.

Many on Twitter seem determined to let Trump know they won’t forget his initial response to Charlottesville.

Ana Navarro ✔ @ananavarro
If Trump had given speech like this on Saturday, we’d have commended him. On Monday, it does nothing for me. Zero. I suspect, I’m not alone.

Simran Jeet Singh ✔ @SikhProf
Too little and too late, Mr. Trump. You emboldened each of these groups. Now it’s time to lead with your words AND your actions.

Maria Hinojosa ✔ @Maria_Hinojosa
Feels too little, too late, too contrived, 48 hours later, too belabored. Trump White House on #Charlottesville

Pedro da Costa ✔ @pdacosta
Trump is late to his ‘way too little way too late’ speech on the #Charlottesville ………. 11:39 AM – Aug 14, 2017
It also didn’t help Trump began his remarks about Charlottesville by bragging about the economy.

Kyle Griffin ✔ @kylegriffin1
Trump begins his statement by talking about trade deals and the economy. Nothing about Charlottesville yet.

Dan Rather ✔ @DanRather
Was Trump’s statement too little, too late? He began by bragging about accomplishments……….

Jennifer Epstein ✔ @jeneps
Trump begins his Charlottesville remarks by again boasting about the economy

Joy Reid ✔ @JoyAnnReid
Trump opens his remarks by once again taking credit for Barack Obama’s economy. Not a great start.

Many are also calling for people in Trump’s administration to resign or be fired over what happened in Charlottesville. This is especially true in relation to White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who ran the controversial publication Breitbart News before working for Trump. Bannon once referred to Breitbart as the “platform for the alt-right,” which also happens to be the group that organized the march in Charlottesville. People feel individuals in Trump’s administration, like Bannon, among others, have helped embolden white nationalists.

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