WASHINGTON, D.C.(WVEC) -- President Trump denounced white supremacists, neo-Nazi's and the KKK as being "evil" and "repugnant," Monday afternoon.
Two days after the deadly scenes played out in Charlottesville, President Trump responded to criticism today, that he had not been initially forceful enough in condemning hatred, bigotry and racism.
"Racism is evil," he said. "And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."
The President announced a Justice Department civil rights probe into the killing of a counter-protester.
He did not use the word "terrorism" to describe Saturday's events.
Still, Mr. Trump received praise from Virginia's Democratic governor for being more forceful than he was over the weekend, when he was faulted even by members of his own party for words they said were insufficient and vague.
"I'm glad the president came out," said Gov. Terry McAuliffe. "Everybody needs to come out. There's no place in this country for the hatred and bigotry i saw in Charlottesville."
Second District Republican Congressman Scott Taylor also praised the President.
"He put out a statement, he got criticized for it," he said. "He had speech today. I did see it. it was forceful. I think it was spot-on, if you will. There is no question he denounced the ideology, and the hate, there's no question about it in my mind."
Taylor says this is no time for hasty conclusions. He says the Department of Justice will now determine if this is a civil rights case, or a terrorism case, and that the country should let them do their job.
It's worth noting that the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, did say today that the violence that took place did meet the standard for domestic terrorism.