Charlottesville Mayor: Blame Is 'at the Doorstep of the White House'
The mayor of Charlottesville laid the blame on President Trump for white supremacist riots in the Virginia city that left one dead and dozens injured on Saturday.
"I'm not going to make any bones about it," Mayor Mike Signer (D) said on CNN. "I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president."
"Look at the campaign he ran," Signer said.
Alt-right activists and neo-Nazis gathered at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue, but the rally quickly turned ugly as they clashed with counter-protesters and law enforcement. Many of the rioters brought weapons and Nazi paraphernalia.
One white nationalist rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman.
President Trump took heat for failing to call the groups white supremacist in his condemnation of the violence, which he said was "on many sides."
"Look at the intentional courting both, on the one hand, of all these white supremacists, white nationalist groups like that, anti-Semitic groups," the mayor said. "And then look on the other hand, the repeated failure to step up, condemn, denounce, silence, you know, put to bed all those different efforts."
"People will react to the darkness with a whole lot more light," he said, adding that the case of the car attack must be dealt with as domestic terrorism.