Anti-Defamation League calls for Trump to ‘denounce white supremacy in all forms’ – WJLA

Posted By on August 14, 2017

President Donald Trump walk up to the podium to speak to members of the media regarding the ongoing situation in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Anti-Defamation League is asking for President Donald Trump to "clearly denounce white supremacy in all forms" following the violence at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that left multiple dead and injured.

President Donald Trump condemned the violence in Charlottesville on Twitter hours before he addressed the incident during a press conference in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon saying, "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides."

Many have said they were not satisfied with the President's response.

The ADL says they support Trump's condemnation but wants him to "name the hate" according to their CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

Below is Greenblatt's full statement:

"The gathering of extreme hate yesterday in Charlottesville is something we have not seen in at least a decade and it continues a troubling pattern: these extremists are emboldened and are making every effort to exploit their visibility for their hateful cause.

Now is the time for our leadership across the board to name the hate.

This is a moment that demands moral leadership. President Trump should acknowledge that this is not a matter of equivalence between two sides with similar gripes. There is no rationalizing white supremacy and no room for this vile bigotry. It is un-American and it needs to be condemned without hesitation.

We call on the White House to terminate all staff with any ties to these extremists. There is no rationale for employing people who excuse hateful rhetoric and ugly incitement. They do not serve the values embodied in our Constitution nor the interests of the American people.

We expected this to be the largest white supremacist gathering in the last decade. Unfortunately, it turned out to be one of the most violent as well. ADL has been sounding the alarm about domestic terrorism and hate crimes in America. This consistent threat requires consistent resources.

It is long overdue for the President to develop a plan of action to combat white supremacy and all forms of hate, including investing funds in countering violent extremism from all ideological corners. We stand ready to partner in this effort. Without a clear denunciation and plan of action, these bigots are only emboldened."

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