The Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia has answered to President Donald Trump’s statement after the gathering of white nationalists on Saturday.
“Donald Trump, thanks, at long last, for condemning hate in speech and action. Our work here is just beginning. Yours is too,” Mayor Mike Signer wrote on Twitter.
@realDonaldTrump, thanks, at long last, for condemning hate in speech and action. Our work here is just beginning. Yours is too.
— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
The Charlottesville mayor’s tweet followed after Mr. Trump’s statement that came shortly after the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, proclaimed a state of emergency in the wake of the violent clash between white nationalists and opposing demonstrators.
“We ALL must be united [and] condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!” Trump tweeted.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
The gathering on Saturday was organized at the Charlottesville Emancipation Park in the form of a demonstration as a result of the town’s removal of a monument of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The protesters scattered shortly after the Mayor declared a state of emergency.
Signer denounced the demonstration, calling it “a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.”
“Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus,” the Mayor added.
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