Kaine: Trump has made 'concerted effort' to divide people based on race

Kaine: Trump has made 'concerted effort' to divide people based on race
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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Sunday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE has made a “concerted effort” to use race to divide people.

 

Kaine said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Trump has engaged in efforts “to divide people, including dividing them based on race.”

"And nowhere was that more obvious nowhere than in the aftermath of Charlottesville,” Kaine added.

Trump’s attitude toward race has come under the microscope this weekend, which marks the anniversary of last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. that saw white nationalists clash with anti-racist counterprotesters.

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Trump sparked backlash last year when he blamed “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, where a counterprotester, Heather Heyer, was killed. She died after a car was driven into a crowd of protestors, and a self-described neo-Nazi is charged in the death.

Kaine said on Sunday that he believes Trump has “stoked division” and “fears of hatred.”

“He didn't create them,” Kaine said. “The people who came to Charlottesville to demonstrate their hatred.  They, I'm sure, had those emotions before there was a President Trump, but he's stoking it. And I think that's very, very damning."

Kaine would not say whether he believes Trump is a racist, saying he isn’t sure if his positions are a “sincere feeling” or if he’s trying to gain a political edge.

Trump has recently been accused of racism for harshly criticizing NFL players who have protested racial injustice, saying that Rep. Maxine Walters (D-Calif.) has a “low IQ” and questioning the intelligence of NBA star LeBron James and CNN’s Don Lemon.