I’ve found it impossible to erase the image of the car in Charlottesville, Va., ramming into a group of protesters a little more than a week ago.

News and images from such horrific events push my desire to stay as informed as possible, and for about 10 days the tragedy hasn’t strayed far from my mind.

Evil was on display in Charlottesville and it has been on display since from white nationalists.

A Ku Klux Klan leader from North Carolina told a news outlet he was “glad that girl died” when the vehicle ran into the crowd in Charlottesville.

In an outgoing message on the voicemail of that leader’s chapter of the KKK, the driver of the car is praised, according to the Charlotte Observer.

“Nothing makes us more proud at the KKK than we see white patriots such as James Fields Jr., age 20, taking his car and running over nine communist anti-fascist, killing one (expletive)-lover named Heather Heyer,” the recorded message says. “James Fields hail victory. It’s men like you that have made the great white race strong and will be strong again.”

Another KKK leader from North Carolina told a Colombian anchor with Univision he was going to “burn you out.”

“We killed six million Jews the last time,” he said during the interview. “Eleven million is nothing.”

It’s this continued spewing of hatred that has made the response of President Donald Trump disappointing to many.

Some are upset with the backlash Trump has gotten about his statements blaming violence “on many sides.”

When one group is carrying Nazi flags and yelling statements such as, “Jews will not replace us,” it’s hard to see how both sides carry equal blame in a violent protest.

“You had some very bad people in that group,” Trump said. “You also had some very fine people on both sides.”

Trump pointed to people who came out to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, emphasizing they had no connection to the KKK or Neo-Nazis that were in Charlottesville.

That’s not a good excuse. Even if your true intention is to protest against what you see as the removal of history, once the KKK shows up, with others waving Nazi flags, you have to remove yourself from the situation.

The fact that KKK leaders have praised Trump’s comments is probably a sign that they weren’t the proper comments to make.

You can’t march alongside Neo-Nazis and the KKK and still claim you were an innocent bystander in a violent rally. A good rule should be that once a Nazi flag joins the mix you’re not in a place you need to be.

If you don’t want to be perceived as being part of a hate group, don’t cozy up next to one. There is not and never will be a good enough excuse.

Jonathan Herrmann is news editor of the News-Herald. He can be contacted at 865-986-6581 or jonathan.herrmann@news-herald.net.