One of President Trump's most prominent backers in the media is harshly criticizing his reaction to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
The New York Post took issue with Trump's statement that "many sides" were to blame, ripping into him in a staff editorial headlined "Trump badly missed the mark on Charlottesville."
“Yet 'many sides' didn’t drive a car into a crowd, an evident act of terrorism that killed Heather Heyer, 32, and hospitalized many more, with some still in critical condition,” the Post’s editorial board wrote.
"It shouldn’t be that hard to summon up a few Trumpian terms like 'losers' and 'really, really bad people' to describe the hundreds of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white supremacists and the like who descended on the college town — not after one of them has killed an innocent."
The editorial noted that members of Trump’s administration and his own family have called out white supremacists. First daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted on Sunday that “there should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazis.”
1:2 There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 13, 2017
James Alex Fields Jr., who came to Charlottesville from Ohio to participate in the white supremacist rally, allegedly drove his car into counterprotesters, killing one woman and injuring at least a dozen others. Fields, 20, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, among other charges.
The white supremacist groups were protesting the planned removal of a Confederate statue.
The Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post endorsed Trump last year, but noted that he would need to act more “presidential” once he took office.
“Should he win the nomination, we expect Trump to pivot — not just on the issues, but in his manner. The post-pivot Trump needs to be more presidential: better informed on policy, more self-disciplined and less thin-skinned,” the paper wrote last April.
The newspaper has occasionally been critical of Trump since taking office, particularly for his tweets and the turnover in top White House staff.