- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says the administration of President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for the behavior of neo-Nazis and white Supremacists during deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia by not previously condemning them.

Under pressure, Trump on Monday named and condemned hate groups as “repugnant” and declared “racism is evil.”

Trump had been under increasing pressure to call out the groups by name after his previous remarks criticized violence on “many sides” prompted criticism. The president described members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as “criminals and thugs” in a prepared statement from the White House.

Sanders, the independent senator and former presidential hopeful, called the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, “a very, very sad moment in American history.”

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