Donald Trump tweeted a very different statement about Charlottesville than other officials

One official’s reaction to the Unite the Right rally is not like the others: Donald Trump’s.

Most officials are condemning in explicit terms the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where hundreds of white nationalists rallied Friday and Saturday.

Here’s Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan clearly condemning the events:

Here’s former Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio doing the same:

But Trump isn’t speaking the same language. In his first tweet on Charlottesville, he offered a vague denunciation.

In his second tweet, he called the events “sad!”.

It’s an odd combination of reactions given the events that unfolded. Protesters first descended on the city late Friday night, carrying torches in an attempt to protest the removal of a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee from the UVA campus. The rally quickly descended into violence and was dispersed by police.

By noon Saturday, the group of alt-right white nationalists grew to include tangles of neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan. A militia arrived heavily armed.

The governor of Virginia’s response was to declare a state of emergency:

Virginia Lt. Gov. tweeted his statement urging Virginians to deny a reaction to the white supremacists.

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted more directly at Charlottesville saying “let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts.”

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer released a statement calling the rally “a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.”

In response to the president’s tweet, Signer wrote that “our work here is just beginning. Yours is too.”

Other members of Congress joined in, including former Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

President Bill Clinton added “we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy.”

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