President Trump responded to to mounting pressure from both sides of the aisle to call out the violent white supremacists, neo-Nazis and alt-righters who caused chaos in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend.

"Racism is evil," the president stated.

"Those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans."

Rioters descended upon Charlottesville on Friday to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee near the University of Virginia.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence," President Trump said, echoing his Saturday statement. "It has no place in America."


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"We must love each other, show affection for each other ... those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America."

The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the Saturday car attack by a white supremacist that killed one woman and injured many more, the president stated.

"Justice will be delivered" to all who acted criminally at the scene of the violence, the president vowed.


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