Tragedy in Charlottesville
- The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred.
- Of course, that includes white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi and all extremism groups.
- He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.
Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert on CNN's State of the Union conveys the White House's deep condolences to the victims of the violence in Charlottesville this weekend:
TOM BOSSERT: Yeah, absolutely I am, Jake. Let me start by thanking you here and taking a moment to pass my deep condolences and the white house's deepest condolences to the family and friends of the woman who was tragically killed yesterday and to the family and friends and fellow servicemen that served with the two police officers who died responding to this terrible violence yesterday. That needs to be said to put this into context. This wasn't just some fighting. This turned into an unacceptable degree of violence at all levels and ended in the most tragic way possible. And we have two police officers dead. Part of the core backbone of the homeland security community, we all weep and pray for them and sometimes these losses aren't noted enough in this political hyperbole. We have a young woman here that has passed away and others critically injured. Let me start with that and then let me answer your question. I think the President of the United States – and I appreciate the mayor yesterday and this morning talking to me – but earlier on your program here, a moment ago, saying this isn't about president trump. this is about a degree of violence and of hatred that cannot be tolerated in this country. I, for one, was with the president yesterday and am proud of the fact that he stood up and calmly looked into the camera and condemned this violence and bigotry in all its forms. this racial intolerance and racial bigotry cannot be condoned.