Cary Fukunaga in 2005 on his very first trip on top of a train, somewhere in Soconusco, Chiapas. His travels and interactions with the Mexican people eventually led to the making of his debut feature, SIN NOMBRE.
WASHINGTON, DC — President Trump, under mounting pressure from the left and right to deliver a more forceful response to the race-fueled riots in Virginia this weekend, called out white supremacists and said “racism is evil.”
Trump was widely criticized over the weekend for not denouncing by name the white supremacist groups that planned the march over the weekend — and came ready to fight — that led to the deaths of one woman in a terroristic car attack and two state police officers. Trump initially aid there was violence on “many sides,” which racist groups claimed as a moral victory.
“Racism is evil,” President Trump said. “And those who cause 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.“
The president also said that “hatred, bigotry and violence” has “no place in America,” and that anyone who “acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence” would be held accountable.
Trump began his remarks by touting job creation numbers and the health of the economy before pivoting towards the issue of the Charlottesville attack.
"Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America,” Trump said before speaking about the death of Heather Heyer. “Her death fills us with grief and we send her family our thoughts, our prayers and our love,” Trump said of Hayes, two days after her death.
Trump also acknowledge the deaths of two Virginia state troopers on the same day in a helicopter crash.
“These three fallen Americans embody the goodness and decency of our nation,” the president continued. “In times such as these, America has always shown its true character. Responding to hate with love, division with unity and violence with an unwavering resolve for justice.”
Trump often calls out terrorism much faster than he is now — sometimes moments after a reported attack. He also is faster to denounce what he calls “radical Islamic terrorism” but didn’t this weekend to denounce the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who instigated the violence.
Many are still making the point that the President’s address is too later — the white supremacist group’s torchlit intimidation tactics began on Friday evening, and blew up on Saturday.
In contrast to Monday’s brief statement addressing white supremacist groups and violence, in a speech in Long Island that addressed the MS-13 gang, President Trump went into extreme detail about the group’s actions in order to paint a nightmarish scenario. In condemning the KKK, neo-nazis and white supremacy, in an attack that’s gruesome carnage was captured by multiple angles on video, the president simply used the word “violent” multiple times.
Trump also faces a stagnating agenda and the risk that it would not move forward if he didn’t address white supremacy head on:
As we all predicted, Trump has to forcefully address issue of white supremacists before passing major legislation, 7 months into presidency.
Trump’s denouncement of white supremacists 2 days later comes off as 5 fries short of a happy meal. Considering that white supremacists aided his campaign, this feels like a too little, too late moment to me.
Carlos Tiberio Ramirez, one of the leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang talks to inmates during the Day of the Virgin of Mercy celebrations at the female prison in San Salvador, El Salvador. During this celebration, leaders of MS-13 and rival gang Mara 18 address the prison inmates together. The two gangs have had a truce for 200 days. Ulises Rodriguez is a El Salvador-based photographer stringing for Reuters.