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Joe Biden's one-line tweet summed up the criticism of Donald Trump's response to the Virginia attack

“There is only one side.”

WHAT A TERRIBLE day in Charlottesville, Virginia – where yesterday afternoon one woman died after a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist demonstration in the city.

The original demonstration featured Nazi flags, chanting, salutes and supporters of the Ku Klux Klan – who were there to protest the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, who led Confederate forces in the US Civil War.

President Trump eventually addressed the attack – saying he condemned the violence “on many sides”

He didn’t once address the specific attacker, the Nazi symbolism of the demonstration or condemn any of the white nationalist and supremacist groups that were present and who support him.

He was asked specifically about the groups at the press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey but didn’t comment

The “many sides” remark particularly rankled, given the context of the tragic events in Virginia yesterday – and was called out immediately

And former Vice President Joe Biden summed up the mood when he tweeted a simple one-line message that people have rallied around – and it directly contradicts the President

Given the Nazi demonstration and attack on peaceful protesters, it seems like an accurate statement to most

The idea that the events of yesterday – of all issues – deserved some sort of extra level of nuance that he doesn’t give to more complex issues was a glaring irony

Barack Obama didn’t address Trump’s comment specifically, he just went with a relevant, thoughtful quote given the horrible events

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