Real estate brokers are warning that President Donald Trump will be “terrified” to lead the country after the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left at least nine people dead and many more injured.
The National Association of Realtors, a trade group for the largest U.S. real estate firms, told The Wall Street Journal that the president’s failure to immediately denounce the white nationalist movement, which is a “direct threat to the American people,” is “totally inadequate.”
“We can only hope that the President is sufficiently prepared to take charge of his responsibilities and his presidency,” the NAR told the Journal.
“We do not know what Trump will do when he is faced with such an immediate crisis,” the association said.
After the president called the rally a “violent, unhinged” demonstration, a spokesperson for Trump’s political action committee said in a statement that the White House is working on a “proper and appropriate response to this tragedy” and “will provide further information when we have more information.”
The statement also said the president “reiterated his firm commitment to protecting the civil liberties of all Americans” in a meeting with congressional leaders and other officials.
While some Trump supporters and those who have expressed support for the president have blamed the president for the violence, Trump’s team has repeatedly downplayed the significance of the incident.
During a press briefing in early October, Trump claimed that the violence was an “act of pure evil” and accused Democrats of trying to “cover up the truth.”
“They’re trying to paint me as the guy who was inciting it,” Trump said at the time.
“I was not.
Trump also said that the crowd was protesting the removal of Confederate monuments in cities across the country.
“They’re not protesting the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson,” he said.
“We’re protesting the fact that the statues are being taken down.”
On Friday, Trump said that he and his wife Melania had not been briefed on the incident, adding that he didn’t think it was a “very big deal.”
“I don’t know,” he told ABC News.
“When I think of it, it was not a very big deal.
We have a little child.
We’re very peaceful, very quiet.
I think we’re going to go about our business.”