Dem lawmaker: It took three days of 'crushing public pressure' for Trump to condemn Nazis

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) tore into President Trump over his slow response to condemn white supremacists after a counterprotester was killed following a Charlottesville, Va., rally.

“All it took was 3 days of crushing public pressure for @realDonaldTrump to finally muster the courage to condemn nazism & racism,” Ryan tweeted Monday.

One person was killed and more than a dozen others were injured when a man drove his car into a crowd of "antifascist" protesters at the rally Saturday. The alleged driver, James Fields, has been arrested. Photographs from the rally show him on the side of the neo-Nazi groups.

Trump condemned racism in a public statement Monday, two days after the rally. Trump had initially blamed “many sides” for the violence that broke out at the event, drawing massive backlash from lawmakers from both parties who insisted he specifically denounce the white nationalists at the rally. 


“Racism is evil 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 what we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said Monday.