American President Donald Trump has made a belated attack on white supremacists for the deadly attack in Charlottesville, his categorical condemnation of racists and neo-nazis coming as a rising chorus of voices was wondering why he had not been more explicit in his condemnation in his first reaction on Sunday.
“Racism is evil and those who caused violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. We are a Nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal,” he said on Monday.
Trump’s statement came as he was exposed to withering criticism from all sides, including his own party, and as supporters like the African-American Kenneth C. Frazier, the CEO of drugs giant Merck, quit Trump’s American Manufacturing Council.
Trump inevitably tweeted his response to the resignation, saying Frazier would now have more time to “cut drug companies’ rip-off prices”.