Charlottesville: 'Donald Trump's failure to condemn white supremacy is either stupid or disturbing'

Charlottesville: 'Donald Trump's failure to condemn white supremacy is either stupid or disturbing'

Donald Trump did not directly condemn white supremacy groups

Monday, August 14, 2017

An American political commentator has said Donald Trump's refusal to unequivocally condemn the white supremacists at the heart of the Charlottesville tragedy is "incredibly stupid or incredibly disturbing."

Trump has not directly condemned the right-wing groups which staged a large protest in Virginia over the weekend, instead blaming "many sides" for the chaos.

Michael Graham, a columnist for the Boston Herald, told Sam Delaney: "You’ll never get a cleaner shot as a politician than taking on the Nazis. Everybody hates the Nazis, the Nazis hated each other.

"He used the phrase 'hatred, bigotry and violence'. That’s a winner, but then he turns around and pulls in the anti-protestors too.

"It truly is either incredibly stupid or incredibly disturbing."

In fact, Graham questioned whether Trump believes that "American conservatism is basically just a hidey hole for this massive secret clan that’s out there running the country.

"He may think there's a constituency for this crowd. If that’s what he thinks he’s completely wrong and completely misunderstands the conservative movement in the United States."

Listen to the full interview above

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