Charlottesville: Thousands stage protest outside Trump Tower

Charlottesville: Thousands stage protest outside Trump Tower

Many held placards and chanted at the protest

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A large crowd gathered outside Trump Tower yesterday to protest against the US President's response to events in Charlottesville.

Those outside Trump Tower chanted “No KKK. No Racist USA. F*** Trump" as they waited for him to arrive in the evening, according to People.

Many also held placards, some reading “white silence equals death" and others had signs with swastikas with a line running through the symbol. Banners were also seen with the words "we the people say no" printed on the LGBT pride flag.

The protest was held to coincide with Trump's return to New York, after a weekend during which he was vilified for his response to the white supremacist clashes in Virginia.

The 'white nationalist' demonstration ended in tragedy when a counter-demonstrator was run over by a car, and Trump's perceived lack of conviction in responding to these events has piled fresh criticism upon the Republican billionaire.

Trump said he condemns the "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", but many were outraged that he did not focus his rebuke upon the white supremacists.

After much pressure yesterday (August 14) Trump did eventually say: "Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups."

However even this response has been criticised, with former Ku Klux Klan leader Scott Shepherd, now an anti-racism campaigner, saying Trump has encouraged white nationalists with his response.