The day after deadly protests that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. following a “Unite the Right” white nationalist rally, Ivanka Trump called on Americans to come together and said there was “no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.”
Ivanka Trump calling out “racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis” is the most specific language used by a member of the Trump family. Following an eruption of violence in the college town where one person was killed and 19 people were injured after a car hit protesters leaving a rally.
On Saturday afternoon, President Trump condemned the violence but blamed “many sides.”
Republicans and Democrats called on the president to specify the groups that had been involved.
Trump “missed an opportunity to be very explicit here,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, said on Fox News Sunday.
The white supremacist groups “seem to believe they have a friend in Donald Trump in the White Hoouse… I would urge the president to dissuade them of the [idea] that he is sympathetic to their cause.”
“We need more from our president on this issue … it’s up to him to correct the record here,” Graham continued.
Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, was one of the first Republicans to say Trump needed to “call evil by its name” Saturday.
“This president has done an incredible job of naming terrorism around the globe as evil., radical Islamic terrorism … he has said and called it out time and time again and this president needs to do exactly that today, call this white supremacy, white nationalism evil,” Gardner said on CNN State of the Union Sunday. “Let the country hear it and let the world hear it. It’s something that needs to come from the Oval Office.”
“I wouldn’t have recommended that statement. I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists,” Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s former communications director said on ABC’s This Week, “It’s actually terrorism, whether it’s domestic or international terrorism with the moral authority of the presidency you have to call that stuff out.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged the president to say “white supremacy is an affront to American values.”
As of Sunday morning Trump had still not specifically condemned white nationalism.
“The president has been very clear, we cannot tolerate this kind of bigotry, this kind of hatred. And what he did is he called on all americans to take a firm stance against it,” said Trump National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. “The president called out anyone who is responsible for fomenting this kind of bigotry hatred racism and violence. I think the president was very clear on that.”
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are Orthodox Jews and observe the Sabbath, which begins Friday night at sundown and runs through Saturday at sundown. During that time they do not engage in social media.