Dan Rather: Trump is intentionally being 'divisive' with 'all types of racism' tweet

Dan Rather: Trump is intentionally being 'divisive' with 'all types of racism' tweet
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Veteran journalist Dan Rather on Sunday accused President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE of being intentionally “divisive” with his comments on racism.

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Rather, who has not shied away from harsh criticism of Trump, blasted the president for his tweet saying that he condemns “all types of racism” ahead of the anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally.

“When Trump criticizes ‘all types of racism’ he's using false equivalence to wink at those who peddle in the distortions of white grievance,” Rather tweeted. “It makes a mockery of our history and our present. It's not calming and unifying. it's provocative and divisive. And it's intentional.”

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division," Trump tweeted Saturday. "We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!"

Many critics said Trump’s comments appeared to convey a similar sentiment to his “both sides” comment following the deadly rally last August.

The president faced significant criticism after Charlottesville for his comments that there was both “blame” and “very fine people” on “both sides” of the rally, which left one counterprotester dead.

The president's daughter and adviser Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpKushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics MORE took a stronger stance in opposition to white supremacists, tweeting Saturday night that there is “no place for white supremacy, racism and neo-nazism in our great country.”