U.S. Sen. Cory Booker said President Donald Trump demonstrated hypocrisy in not calling out the “the Neo-Nazi, white supremacist, Alt-Right hate for what it is.”
BEDMINSTER — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Sunday morning said President Donald Trump demonstrated “hateful hypocrisy” in failing to call out white supremacists involved in violent protests in Charlottesville that left one dead and at least 19 injured.
In his response to the chaos Saturday in the Virginia city, Trump said he condemned “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” The president did not assess blame in the violent clash between white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protestors.
“No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first,” Trump said during a press conference at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. “We must love each other, respect each other, cherish our history and our future together. So important.”
Hours later in a statement on Facebook, Booker said the president showed hypocrisy by not naming “the Neo-Nazi, white supremacist, Alt-Right hate for what it is: not only the cause of the horrific violence in Virginia, but the evil enemy of our nation’s hope and promise.”
“President Trump’s words in his statement — ‘hatred, bigotry and violence that’s on many sides’ — not only fuels a misleading account of what actually happened but shamefully puts the counter-protestors on the same moral level and as those carrying Nazi flags and chanting vile racist rants,” Booker said.
On Saturday night, hundreds of people gathered at Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank to show support of the counter-protesters, according to News 12 New Jersey.
At least two vigils are scheduled for Sunday in response to the chaos.
The first will be from noon to 1 p.m. at Budd Lake Beach Park in Budd Lake and the other will begin at 7 p.m. at Brookdale Park Archery Field in Montclair, according to grassroots organization NJ 11th for change.
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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News