Lawmakers, including two presidents, have gone against Donald Trump after his remarks on Tuesday blaming “two sides” for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A car plowed through a group of counter-protesters who were demonstrating against an alt-right and white nationalist rally.
At Trump Tower on Tuesday in Manhattan, Donald Trump gave a press conference stating there was “two sides to a story”.
“There are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for the country, but there are two sides to a story,” Trump said.
“President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist, neo-Nazis and KKK members,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Ohio Governor John Kasich spoke to TODAY on Wednesday and called Trump’s decision to “draw some kind of equivalency” between the white nationalists and counter-protesters “pathetic”.
“This is terrible. The president of the United States needs to condemn these kinds of hate groups, the president has to totally condemn this. It’s not about winning an argument,” he said.
“We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity,” tweeted speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush relesed a joint statement Wednesday. They called on all Americans to “reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms”.
Many Republicans spoke out after the president’s remarks and expressed their shock.
“Blaming ‘both sides’ for #Charlottesville?! No. Back to relativism when dealing with KKK, Nazi sympathizers, white supremacists? Just no,” tweeted Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
“Great and good American presidents seek to unite not divide. Donald Trump’s remarks clearly show he is not one of them,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York tweeted.