Callers Go Head To Head Over Trump And Charlottesville Riots

13 August 2017, 10:47 | Updated: 22 August 2017, 09:55

Three people have so far died in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, after rioters clashed with counter-protestors.

Fatal riots broke out in the liberal town of Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, after alt-right protesters descended on the area to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee.

So far three people have died in the riots. One woman was killed when an alt-right protestor drove a car into a crowd of people.

Read more: Car "Deliberately" Ploughs Into Protesters In Charlottesville

Trump has been criticised for his response to the riot. He said: "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides."

Critics lambasted the president for failing to denounce the "Unite the Right" rally, held by white nationalists, which fuelled the riot.

One of the rioters was former KKK leader David Duke. He said during the protest: “We are going to fulfil the promises of Donald Trump.

"That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.”

John Stapleton, standing in for Andrew Castle, asked his listeners whether they feel Donald Trump is to blame for spreading hateful rhetoric.

Two callers phoned in with very, very different views on the subject. Watch the clip to hear what they had to say.