After the biggest broadcast networks continued to attack Trump for the violence in Charlottesville, Mike Pence stepped in and set the record straight.
“The president made it very clear in his statement this weekend that we condemn all forms of hate and violence, particularly condemn, as we did yesterday, we condemned the hate and the violence and the bigotry of organizations that showed up in Charlottesville like the KKK and white supremacists,” Pence said.
“I truly believe that under President Trump’s leadership, we’re gonna continue to see more unity in America,” Pence added.
Pence said he took issue with “the fact that many in the media are spending more time criticizing how the president addressed the issue yesterday.”
“Many in the media spent an awful lot of time focusing on what the president said and criticisms of what the president said instead of criticizing those who brought that hatred and violence to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia,” Pence said.
Asked whether Trump should have identified white supremacists specifically as a subject of his comments, Pence answered:
“I think the president yesterday spoke to a national moment, words the American people needed to hear — that we condemn acts of violence, acts of hatred.”
“The president called on our nation to look for ways to come together, to make sure that these extremist groups are pushed out of the public debate and not given the attention that they too often receive,” Pence said, adding that Trump would continue calling for a “focus on what unites us, our commitment to freedom, our commitment to justice for all.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides,” President Trump said after the violent event.
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