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Trump condems evil racism in Virginia

US President Donald Trump has spoken out against racist violence after the killing of a protester in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

“Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs,” he told reporters.

He said the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists were “repugnant” to everything Americans held dear.

Heather Heyer, 32, died and 19 others were hurt when a car rammed into people protesting against a far-right march.

Mr Trump was criticised for not specifically denouncing the extremist elements in the weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally in his initial comments.

On Monday, he arrived back at the White House to issue a comprehensive condemnation.

“We condemn this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence,” he said. “It has no place in America.”

He paid tribute to Ms Heyer as well as two police officers killed in a helicopter crash after helping to tackle the unrest.

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