By Christopher Ingraham, washingtonpost.com
During a White House speech on Monday, President Trump denounced racism as “evil” after facing two days of bipartisan criticism for declining to specifically condemn Nazis and white supremacists after a violent rally Charlottesville.
After a nonspecific response Saturday in which the president decried the violence exhibited on “many sides,” he addressed the problem head-on Monday. “Racism is evil,” he 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 all that we hold dear as Americans.”
Trump’s initial hesitancy to call out white racism did not go unnoticed, and it has similarities with a longstanding trend on Trump’s Twitter account: In his eight years on Twitter, he has been far more likely to accuse African Americans of racism than white people.