NAACP interim president and CEO Derrick Johnson warned that there will be many more instances of violence like that in Charlottesville, Va., blaming the Trump administration for creating a very hostile environment where hate groups thrive and violence begets violence.
“There will be many Charlottesvilles,” NAACP interim president and CEO Derrick Johnson said at a speech at the National Press Club Tuesday, USA Today reported.
“We are in trying times,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately this administration has created a climate where … [hate groups] feel comfortable to walk in public without the hoods anymore.”
The Hill added:
Critics of President Trump have blamed him for creating a hateful environment with his rhetoric on the campaign trail and by calling for divisive policies like building a wall on the Mexican border.
Trump also came under fire for condemning “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville and initially refusing to single out white supremacists in his statements.
Johnson also called for Confederate statues to be removed from public spaces, a debate that has reignited since Charlottesville. The white supremacist rally was held to protest the removal of a Confederate statue there.
“We believe people have the right to have monuments, but it should not be financed by public dollars on public display,” Johnson said. “It’s OK to relocate them in a museum or a cemetery. I prefer cemetery.”