Donald Trump made a public appearance on Saturday in Bedminster, New Jersey where he addressed the attacks in Charlottesville.
"What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives," the President said.
He continued with his vague message saying, "We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST."
We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST. pic.twitter.com/FesMiQSKKn— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Trump followed his New Jersey appearance by tweeting his condolences for the loss of two Virginia State Police Officers and an innocent woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd.
"Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You're all among the best this nation produces," Trump tweeted.
"Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!"
Conservatives and liberals alike took to social media to denounce the President's statements and demand he call the hate groups "White Supremacist." Here's a sampling of some of the angry reactions.
I've got to say, I'm sick of the imploring & pleading with Donald Trump to say the right thing. He said what he meant & meant what he said.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 13, 2017
Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017
There is only one side. #charlottesville— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 12, 2017
August 12, 2017- massive moral failure of Donald Trump #CharlottesvilleKKK— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 13, 2017
Powerful words from the Mayor, indeed. https://t.co/uOgt7nbRVX— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 13, 2017
Donald Trump's grandchildren are Jews, and still he does not condemn Nazis and white supremacists chanting "blood and soil." No words...— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) August 13, 2017
Sen. Lindsey Graham, on white supremacist groups, telling Fox: "These groups seem to believe they have a friend in Donald Trump in the 1/— Alexander Panetta (@Alex_Panetta) August 13, 2017
Well one thing in this tweet is true: Donald Trump didn't take sides on Charlottesville. That, of course, is the problem. https://t.co/JoxbJlCfVl— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 13, 2017
I am so mournful about what happened in Charlottesville. And I am infuriated & frankly, terrified by @realDonaldTrump 's response to it.— Melissa Gilbert (@MEGBusfield) August 13, 2017
Tell this shit to your dad. https://t.co/7dtENbJZHf— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 13, 2017
Impeach the white supremacist in the White House or STFU https://t.co/xy8RPoYoZs— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 13, 2017
Is it possible you aren't aware that that's literally your father's base? Good God I know it's wildly inconvenient but please open your eyes https://t.co/ycJe1Kzpq8— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 13, 2017
I was very bothered by what happened today. I stayed in tonight, had the news on for a while but… https://t.co/2e2waZM6Xw— Albie Manzo (@AlbieManzo) August 13, 2017
You are a real super hero, dear. Rest In Peace that your life will not have been lost in vein due to a group of people driven by hate. https://t.co/SRaufLjWST— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 13, 2017
To everyone who voted for him: fuck you. Seriously fuck you and all your bullshit excuses like "but she's a liar!" You're all so stupid.— Nikki Glaser (@NikkiGlaser) August 12, 2017