Republicans Urge Trump to Call Out White Supremacists

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The aftermath of the deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va. drew across-the-board condemnation of violence and bigotry, including from President Donald Trump, but even some Republicans are calling for the President to call out white supremacists by name.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides,” Trump stated in a press conference Saturday afternoon. “On many sides.”

The remarks drew criticism even from some GOP lawmakers as generic and insufficient to the moment, and took exception to the President’s use of a kind of equivalence in condemning the violence.

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said on Twitter that “we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Colo.) wrote that it was “very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Fla.) asked the Department of Justice to investigate the Charlottesville crash as terrorism. “These bigots want to tear our country apart, but they will fail,” he claimed. “America is far better than this.”

Trump said in his remarks that the discord has “been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.”

“It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.  No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society, and no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play, or be with their parents, and have a good time,” he added.

Michael Reagan, the son of Ronald Reagan who has been supportive of Trump, said that Trump needed to denounce David Duke, who was in Charlottesville, and told reporters that the protesters “are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.” After Trump condemned the violence and bigotry, Duke tweeted to Trump, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists.”

 

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  1. Steve Barr says:

    Republicans are shocked !, shocked! that Nazis and the Klan are part of their base .

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mary Anne Marsh should never be on Fox News. Every time she appears on Fox News, I turn the TV off.

  3. Bill B. says:

    Jeez. You can’t expect a guy to condemn his friends.

  4. Rudy Mario says:

    …and loose the support of the Trioka and the second term?

  5. rocky-o says:

    trump opened this gate to hatred and needs to be held accountable… his administration reeks of the vile vitriol we saw in virginia… trump wants his dictatorship and so it begins…we need to stop this before it stops us completely…

  6. Chris says:

    The president of the United States of America has failed to condemn a rally of white supremacists who have killed and injured counterprotesters.

    Let that sink in.

    • Eric H says:

      Some of those counterprotesters were doing no better by pepperspraying and throwing various substances at them, further inciting the white supremacists. Had they been kept away at a safe distance by the riot police, it would have just been semi-calm rally and local footnote, not a national story with tempers on all sides inflamed and massive amounts of wrongful fingerpointing.

  7. 1Ronald says:

    Republicans need to stop showboating the issue. President Trump did the correct thing. He cited and admonished those at fault as “all sources” and “all sides.” To blame only one side is sophomoric and reduces it to a 5th grade level. We, as a nation, are so above this.

  8. Wacker says:

    Rubio is from Florida.
    Cruz is from Texas.

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