The woman who was killed when a driver rammed his car into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally Saturday afternoon has been identified. Time
This has not been America’s finest hour.
On Saturday, an alt-right-led “Unite the Right” rally to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., sparked violence. Later a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others.
President Trump didn’t acknowledge the situation on Twitter until nearly 1:30 p.m. ET, leading Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to condemn him for remaining silent for so long.
Lady Gaga urged her Twitter followers to tweet the president to offer advice on how to “be a better leader.”
By the time Trump did address the violence, it was too little, too late for actor Samuel Roukin from AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies. Earlier he asked, “Where the (expletive) is the condemnation of Charlottesville Nazi rally from 45? Nowhere to be seen because he and Bannon enabled it.”
The Office‘s Ed Helms condemned Trump’s statement as “milquetoast drivel,” asking “What kind of coward is afraid to call out white supremacy by name?”
Cher also didn’t hold back in a tweet critical of the president’s official response, essentially saying he was too soft on white supremacists.
Likewise for comedian Kumail Nanjiani.
Later, after Trump’s televised remarks in which he once again refused to single out white supremacists, saying only that there was responsibility “on many sides,” Nanjiani said those three words “protected violent bigotry.”
George Takei said Trump’s “many sides” comment was the very model of moral cowardice and false equivalence.
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon addressed his tweet to those who have been saying “give Trump a chance.”
Ellen DeGeneres asked the question that is probably on a lot of people’s minds: “Is this America now?”
Bette Midler had the same thought. She tweeted, “My spirits are so low at this latest show of hate and violence in the country I struggle to recognize.”
Kristen Bell offered hope by saying, “We can fix this. We have no other option.”