President Trump‘s national security adviser appeared to go further than the president by suggesting that the car-ramming in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left a woman dead Saturday may be domestic terrorism.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was asked by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “This Week” today whether the car-ramming following a white nationalist gathering in the Virginia city was domestic terrorism.
“Anytime that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it meets the definition of terrorism,” McMaster said.
The Army lieutenant general didn’t definitively call the plowing of a car into demonstrators in Charlottesville terrorism, however. He said the allegation that the man now in police custody deliberately drove the car into the crowd, killing a 32-year-old woman, is “criminal.”
“What you see here, is a criminal act. A criminal act that may be motivated by this hatred and bigotry,” he said.
“We can’t tolerate this kind of bigotry and call all Americans to take a stand against it … Tolerance has to overcome this kind of hatred, this kind of hatred that is grounded, really, in ignorance,” McMaster said.
Stephanopoulos asked McMaster about criticism of the president’s statement about the Charlottesville violence Saturday, when he said that the U.S. condemns the display of hatred and violence “on many sides.”
“He didn’t call out the white supremacists responsible for the violence,” Stephanopoulos said. “When it comes to radical Islamic terrorism, the president said you can’t solve the problem if you don’t say the name. Doesn’t that hold true for domestic terrorism as well?”
McMaster said, “What the president did is he called out anyone, anyone who is responsible for fomenting this kind of bigotry, hatred, racism, and violence. And I think the president was very clear on that.”
Following the controversy around the president’s remark Saturday, a White House spokesperson on Sunday…