Trump Condemns Racism 48 Hours After Violence
Widely criticized for not condemning racists groups in his initial statement on Saturday about the deadly violence that engulfed Charlottesville, Va., President Trump called out white nationalist groups by name on Monday.
The president also expressed sympathy for the three people killed in the deadly events, including Heather Heyer, who died after a car rammed into a group of counter protesters, and two Virginia state troopers, Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who died when their helicopter patrolling the event crashed on Saturday. Read the story from NPR.
Merck CEO Quits Trump Business Council, Citing His Conscience
Saying, “I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier stepped down from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council. His resignation came after the president was criticized for condemning violence “on many sides” during the white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Read the story from NPR.
Within an hour of Frazier’s announcement, Trump responded on Twitter:
Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
GoDaddy Bans White Supremacist Site
The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that promoted the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., published a story mocking the woman who was killed while protesting against white nationalists over the weekend, prompting calls for GoDaddy, which hosts the site, to take it down. Read the story from NPR.
‘Scandal’ Creator Shonda Rhimes to Make Shows for Netflix
The TV producer, along with her company Shondaland, will produce new series and content for the streaming service. Rhimes’ current hit shows, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” will continue to air on ABC. Read the story from The AP.
Justin Thomas Wins PGA Championship
The son and grandson of golf professionals won his first major title on Sunday at age 24. Read the story from The AP.