President Donald Trump responded with a tweet to the death of a 32-year-old woman who was killed in Charlottesville when a white nationalist rammed his car into a crowd of anti-racist counter-protesters.
Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1502580325.0
The message's bland, boilerplate language -- and ongoing lack of condemnation for the racist hate groups that converged on Saturday for a "Unite the Right" rally -- infuriated many online observers. Others just rolled their eyes, disappointed but unsurprised at the tepid reaction to a woman's death by a president who urged attendees at his campaign rallies to assault and injure protesters.
@chriswelch @realDonaldTrump Best regards is something you say to someone with a bone spur, not to the victims of w… https://t.co/rXYbJiypty— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1502580461.0
@johngrantner @danibostick @eugenegu @chriswelch @realDonaldTrump His silence is fueling them! https://t.co/ali7IlE0i4— 🐘🦁 Sharms 🌊 (@🐘🦁 Sharms 🌊)1502581021.0
"best regards" https://t.co/PVeppy15qG— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona)1502580921.0
Who could have guessed that the same White House that didn't mention the Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day also wouldn't condemn Nazis?— Matt O'Brien (@Matt O'Brien)1502581696.0