DC Daily: Charlottesville mayor calls out Trump for emboldening racists

Mayor: Deadly act "domestic terrorism"
Posted at 8:37 AM, Aug 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-13 12:03:46-04

Here's what's happening in the political world today, Sunday, August 13, 2017. 

Charlottesville mayor calls Trump out for emboldening racists 

--Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer said Sunday that President Donald Trump emboldened racists who gathered in his city over the weekend and caused racially-charged violence, according to CNN. 

"Look at the campaign he ran," Signer said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Yesterday, white supremacist protesters clashed with counter-protesters in the Virginia city. One protester, James Alex Fields, Jr. of Ohio, is accused of ramming his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman. 

Fields has been charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count related to leaving the scene of the crime.

Signer also told CNN host Jake Tapper the act should be prosecuted as domestic terrorism.

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Ivanka's Charlottesville tweets: "No place in society for... white supremacy..."

--The President's daughter Ivanka Trump shared her feelings about Charlottesville in a series of tweets Sunday morning. 

She wrote:

  • "There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis."
  • "We must all come together as Americans -- and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville"

Ousted White House communications director criticizes Trump's Charlottesville response 

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized the President's response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, according to ABC News. 

In his first television interview since he left the White House, Scaramucci told ABC host George Stephanopoulos he wouldn't have recommended the statement Trump gave yesterday., 

"I think he would have needed to have been much harsher," Scaramucci said. 

The ousted director referred to Trump's seeming unwillingness to condemn the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, where clashes turned deadly and forced the city to declare a state of emergency Saturday. 

"With the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out," Scaramucci said. 

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