Appearing on NBC ‘Meet The Press’, Sunday, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster called the car attack at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend “an act of terrorism.” The official also called for the U.S. government to “eradicate” hatred and bigotry from our nation.
“I certainly think any time that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism. It meets the definition of terrorism,” McMaster told NBC host Chuck Todd.
McMaster’s comments come one day after a vehicle mowed down a group of counter-protesters at the white supremacist rally, leaving one person dead and multiple others injured.
McMaster also called for the United States to “extinguish in our nation” the “hatred and bigotry” on display in Virginia Saturday.
“And we have to do that by asking ourselves what are we teaching our children around the dinner table? What are we teaching our children in school?” he said.
“And we ought to be teaching them about what makes America exception, and that’s our commitment to the rights of every individual, liberty, freedom, respect for each other regardless of race, religion, and so forth.”
President Trump received criticism following his statement after the attack, in which he put the blame on “many sides.”
Watch the interview in the video below: