While President Donald Trump has come under fire from both sides of the aisle for his unwillingness to explicitly denounce the role of white supremacist ideology at the deadly protests in Virginia on Saturday, at least one group appears to be content with Trump’s vague response: White supremacists.
Trump, who told reporters that “many sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, was praised by the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer who called the president’s comments “good.”
“He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us,” wrote Andrew Anglin, the website’s founder.
“No condemnation at all,” Anglin added. “When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”
In case you're wondering if President Trump inspires neo-nazis–this is from their publication The Daily Stormer: pic.twitter.com/cT4OZv7VMP
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) August 12, 2017
The Southern Poverty Law Center labels The Daily Stormer a site dedicated to “spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism.”
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke said the “Unite the Right” march was in line with “promises” made by Trump.
“We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump,” said Duke, speaking at Saturday’s white supremacist rally. “That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump. Because he said he’s going to take our country back. That’s what we gotta do.”
— errol barnett (@errolbarnett) August 12, 2017
Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) pleaded with the president to use the words “white supremacists” and to label what happened Saturday as a terrorist attack, instead of vaguely calling out violence on “both sides.” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) declared that “white supremacy is a scourge” that “must be confronted and defeated.” Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) tweeted, “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”
Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer (D) directly blamed Trump for the explosion of hate in his city this weekend, accusing the president of intentionally courting white supremacists, nationalists and anti-Semitic groups during his 2016 campaign.
“This is not hard. There’s two words that need to be said over and over again: domestic terrorism and white supremacy,” Signer said. “That is exactly what we saw on display this weekend, and we just aren’t seeing leadership from the White House.”
“It is not too much to ask to have a president who explicitly condemns Nazis,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted Saturday.