Maxine Waters Calls White House 'White Supremacist House'

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Rep. Maxine Waters has spoken out against President Donald Trump's comments regarding violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The California Democrat took to Twitter to criticize Trump's comments that there was hatred on "many sides" during the events in Charlottesville, The Hill reports.

Violence erupted on Aug. 12 as white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups clashed with Black Lives Matter and other counter-protesters, CNN reports. The white nationalist groups had planned to hold a rally to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The situation escalated into violence that resulted in the death of 32-year-old counter-protestor Heather Heyer after she was run over with a car. The driver was identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr., who was charged with second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death. At least 19 others were also reportedly injured.

Two police officers also died when a helicopter monitoring the situation crashed. The cause of the crash that killed 48-year-old Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates is still under investigation.

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Trump made comments about the events in Charlottesville at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to PolitiFact. The president was criticized for not directly talking about white supremacist groups during his remarks.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," said the president. "It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America."

Rep. Waters argued Trump's statement did not go far enough in condemning racism.

"No, Trump. Not on many sides, your side," said Waters. She listed a number of White House officials who she said are white supremacists, including Sebastian Gorka and Steve Bannon.

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"It is now the White Supremacists' House," argued Waters on Twitter.

"Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists & terrorists who showed up in Charlottesville," she added. "Is he sending a signal? Everyone must be careful."

"Trump defined himself during campaign," she wrote in another tweet. "He encouraged violence against protesters at rallies. We should not be surprised."

Waters also made reference to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who endorsed Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"Trump claimed he didn't know [David] Duke, but Duke said white supremacist rally was done to fulfill Trump's promises," tweeted Waters. "Do you know him now, Trump?"

Sources: The Hill, PolitiFact, CNN / Featured Image: House of Representatives/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Photos: Ken Lund/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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