John Oliver has launched a typically blistering attack on US President Donald Trump over his failure to single out a group of neo-Nazis and white nationalists who staged a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. 

Violent clashes between white nationalists and anti-fascist protestors broke out, and one woman died after a car drove into a group of counter-demonstrators. 

People were seen carrying torches, waving Nazi flags and performing the Nazi salute at the march which took place on Friday 11 August. 

Oliver opened his Last Week Tonight programme on Sunday evening by addressing the events, including Trump’s poorly-received response and his refusal to denounce the white nationalists. 

“It was truly a weekend of horrifying images,” Oliver said. “We saw Nazi flags and marchers carrying torches – tiki torches by the way – because nothing says ‘white nationalist’ like faux Polynesian kitsch.”

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