President Donald Trump’s staggering defense of a white supremacist rally has been denounced by Democrats, Republicans and, now, officials across the pond.
“I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday when asked about a news conference Trump had given the day before, during which he criticized anti-fascist protesters more strongly than the so-called “alt-right.”
Trump’s unprecedented remarks on Tuesday included his claim that some of the people who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend were “very fine people.” He also said that those marching in protest of the removal of a Confederate statue ― people who carried flaming torches and Nazi insignia, chanting phrases like “Jews will not replace us”― were “protesting very quietly.”
May called on Trump to speak out more strongly against white supremacy.
“I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far right views wherever we hear them,” she said.
Her comments were similar to those made by several other top members of her party. They have called on Downing Street to cancel Trump’s first state visit to the United Kingdom, which is planned for sometime later this year. May has been under pressure for months to disinvite Trump over his divisive policies and rhetoric.