|Far-right activists clash with counter-protesters at the rally in Charlottesville [Joshua Roberts/Reuters]|
The US president referred to “very fine people” on both sides of the divide.
Reacting to Trump’s latest statement, Andrew Anglin, administrator of now defunct neo-Nazi blog the Daily Stormer, praised Trump’s reaction with the anti-Semitic headline: “Trump Finally Gives Half-Assed Charlottesville Statement to Whining Jew Media”.
“I knew Trump was eventually going to be like eh, whatever,” Anglin wrote. “Trump only disavowed us at the point of a Jewish weapon. So I’m not disavowing him.”
Others also read Trump’s reaction as made out of political expedience rather than genuine ill-feeling.
Neo-Nazis on Twitter and the 4Chan forum celebrated what they saw as a coded message of support from Trump.
Right-wing leader Richard Spencer and former KKK leader David Duke also lavished praise on Trump.
Duke wrote on the social media platform: “Thank you President Trump for your honesty and courage to tell the truth about Charlottesville and condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa”.
“By saying he is not taking sides, Donald Trump clearly is. When David Duke and white supremacists cheer, you’re doing it very very wrong.”
Chuck Schumer, Democrat senator