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Transcript: Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer on “Face the Nation,” Aug. 13, 2017

Four people have been arrested over the violence that gripped Charlottesville, Virginia on Sunday, including one man charged with second-degree murder for an allegedly ramming a car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally. 

President Trump condemned the violence, but has been criticised for not labelling the apparent vehicle attack “terrorism,” and for the tone of his remarks on the mayhem.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer appeared to suggest that Mr. Trump himself should shoulder some of the blame for the nation’s tense racial climate, referring to “a very sad and regrettable coarseness in our politics.”

He spoke to “Face the Nation” about the violence, and the reaction to it. A transcript of the interview, which aired Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, is below.   


JOHN DICKERSON: Joining us now is the Mayor of Charlottesville, Democrat Mike Signer. Mr. Mayor, first we want to offer our condolences to the families of the two Virginia state police officers and the family of the victim. What can–

MIKE SIGNER: Thanks.

JOHN DICKERSON: — you tell you us about the injured and the suspect?

MIKE SIGNER: I mean, you’re– you’re speaking to the mayor of a city that is grieving right now. I mean we– first of all, our thoughts and prayers are out to the families of both of those troopers and to the– to the young woman who also perished. And we have, you know, we have a lot of folks who, I think 19 are injured in the hospital right now. So, we are, it was-it was a, it was a tough weekend for Charlottesville.  But we’re going to get through it. We’re going to come through this and, you know — so that’s where we are right now.

JOHN DICKERSON: The Washington Post said that the police had a quote “anemic response” unquote to the clashes, what’s your response to that? Could more have been done?

MIKE SIGNER: You know, I think that’s — that’s totally mistaken. We had the single largest assembly of law enforcement officers since 9/11, almost 1,000 law enforcement personnel….

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