As Washington, D.C. braced for a white nationalists to descend upon the capital Sunday, Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe gave a grim recollection of violence perpetrated by the same group in Charlottesville just one year ago.
“To see these neo-Nazis and white supremacists, about a thousand walking down the streets screaming most vile things about members of the African American community about members of the Jewish faith–I never seen anything like it,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a State of the Union interview that morning. “People used to wear hoods in this country because they this country because they wanted to disguise themselves. They don’t feel the need to do that anymore.”
McAuliffe said he was stunned by President Donald Trump‘s claim that everyone was at fault for the chaos of the 2016 protest in his state where a white supremacist rammed a car into a crowd of counter-demonstrators, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
The former governor explained the situation to the president that day, but Trump’s response was markedly different, as he avoided any meaningful condemnation of the racism that was clearly at play.
“When he came out and gave his statement that it was both sides’ fault, I’ve got to tell you, it was shocking to me,” McAuliffe said. “It wasn’t both sides. You had one side of neo-Nazis wearing Adolph Hitler T-shirts, the white supremacists screaming obscenities at the African American community walking down the streets. They came armed.”
McAuliffe added that Trump “failed that day” in taking a stand and sending a stong message against hatred.
Watch the clip above via CNN.
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