Over the weekend, white nationalist gathered to celebrate Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. The group held a conference in Washington, D.C., which included Nazi chants, salutes and racial slurs.
On Monday, the President-elect released a vague statement, denouncing the conference via his transition team.
“President-elect Trump has continued to denounce racism of any kind, and he was elected because he will be a leader for every American,” the statement reads. “To think otherwise is a complete misrepresentation of the movement that united Americans from all backgrounds.”
The short vague statement comes on the heels of Trump’s two-day rant about the cast of “Hamilton” and their request that the new political leaders work on behalf of all Americans. According to Huffington Post, despite attempting to denounce the racial discrimination and attacks carried out in his name, it seems that the President-elect has embraced white nationalism. Trump has appointed several known bigots to join his team, including Steve Bannon as the chief strategist in the White House. Sources say, Bannon is executive chairman of Brietbart News, which is a site that focuses on the views of white nationalist.
Trump has used his power to condemn the cast of “Hamilton,” New York Times, Hillary Clinton and more. But, when approached about serious racial issues, he opts to keep it short.
Just last week, when asked about the increase of racist attacks and hate crimes against minorities and Muslims, he provided another short vague response.
“Stop it,” he said. “If it helps, I will say this, and I will say it right to the camera: “Stop it,” he added, before blaming the media, claiming the attacks were “built up.”