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Charlottesville Mayor Blames ‘Coward’ Donald Trump For Domestic Terrorism

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Charlottesville Mayor Blames ‘Coward’ Donald Trump For Domestic Terrorism

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer on Sunday said President Trump deserves some of the blame for Saturday’s terror attack perpetrated by white supremacists that left three people dead and dozens injured during a rally in the small, college town.

“Look at the campaign he ran,” Mr. Signer told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Look at the intentional courting, on one hand, of all these white supremacists, white nationalists … and look on the other hand at the repeated failure to step up, condemn, denounce, silence, put to bed all of these different efforts, just like we saw yesterday. This isn’t hard.”

Mr. Trump has come under bipartisan fire for failing to explicitly condemn white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups in brief remarks he gave Saturday from his golf club in New Jersey. Instead, the president blasted hate and violence on “many sides.”

Prominent white nationalists, including former KKK leader David Duke, have been outspoken supporters of Mr. Trump, and some white supremacist groups even praised Mr. Trump’s Saturday statement, claiming it was a victory because the president didn’t specifically blame them.

That shouldn’t be surprising, Mr. Signer said, because the president throughout his campaign also failed to fully disavow the support from hate groups.

“Old saying — when you dance with the devil, the devil changes you,” he said in a separate interview on “Meet The Press.”

Signer also said it’s time for the white nationalist movement to come to an end.

“The time has come for this to stop. This should be a turning point. This movement jumped the shark, and it happened yesterday,” he said.

“People are dying, and I do think that it’s now on the president and on all of us to say enough is enough. This movement has run its course.”

Signer’s comments come after Trump condemned the violence Saturday but pinned blame on “many sides.”

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