When President Trump offered his initial statement about the tragedy that occurred during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia which left three dead last weekend, many people felt it was weak, to use one of 45’s favorite words, particularly because he said there were “many sides” to blame. A few days later Trump read another prepared statement in which he denounced racism and bigotry. Some critics were mollified, but just as many thought it was too little, too late. Then he gave an unhinged press conference in which he doubled down on remarks that “both sides” of the protest were to blame and that some of the supremacists were very good people. Civic-minded and socially-aware notables were fast with condemnation via their Twitter accounts.
— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) August 15, 2017
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 15, 2017
Is anyone else watching this?!? Wow…it's like watching a train wreck!! 'Before I make a statement I need the facts'?! Since when??
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 15, 2017
"Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch." pic.twitter.com/plAKJDqrhC
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) August 15, 2017
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 17, 2017
This is the perfect time to remind everyone that speaking out against hate and bigotry should be the LEAST CONTROVERSIAL stance ever. https://t.co/0uS4Nntz35
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) August 16, 2017
One good thing about that abomination of a speech: it's now impossible for any Trump supporter to pretend they don't know what he is.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 15, 2017
— ROSIE (@Rosie) August 15, 2017