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MP slams Trump’s response to Charlottesville rally

A Southwark MP has slammed Donald Trump over his response to the Charlottesville rally.

Neil Coyle has said the US President should have condemned “wholeheartedly” the flying of the Nazi flag following the violence of the white nationalist rally in Virginia.

One woman, a counter protester, was killed and several injured after a car driven by a white supremacist ploughed into crowds during the rally on August 12.

In his column in this week’s News, the Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP refers to his grandfather who was at the D-Day landings aged just 21 and the Americans who fought to defeat Hitler’s Nazi regime.

“He was one of the British soldiers who liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and saw first-hand the enormity of the horror the Nazis imposed,” he writes.

“His whole generation gave everything they had to defeat fascism – including those back home like my nan working in a munitions factory and everyone in Southwark who withstood the ferocious Luftwaffe bombings.

“So to see Americans flying the Nazi flag in Charlottesville recently is sickening and an insult to the American forces who joined Commonwealth fighters across the globe to defeat fascist regimes.

“Trump should have condemned it wholeheartedly. That he didn’t is beyond reasoning. Any strong UK leader would also be able to demand greater action from their US counterpart.”


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