Following President Donald Trump's circus-like press conference, Republican leaders are condemning his blaming of both sides for the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.
During the Trump Tower presser, the President refused to call James Fields Jr. a terrorist. Fields is being held on murder charges for the vehicular attack on counter-protesters.
“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump later restated. “You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides."
"I have no doubt about it. You don’t have doubt about it either," Trump claimed. "If you reported it accurately, you would say that.”
The President's statements shocked even members of his own party, who condemned Trump's statements Tuesday.
We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.— Paul Ryan (@Paul Ryan)1502834506.0
The response to this ideology of hate & bigotry, & the act of domestic terrorism, should be simple & united condemnation without ambiguity.— Rob Portman (@Rob Portman)1502836673.0
You can't be a "very fine person" and be a white supremacist @POTUS— Rep. Paul Mitchell (@Rep. Paul Mitchell)1502836048.0
All are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. We must reject white supremacy.— Jim Banks (@Jim Banks)1502837011.0
Saturday's violence and tragic loss of life was a direct consequence of the hateful rhetoric & action from white supremacists demonstrating.— Kevin McCarthy (@Kevin McCarthy)1502837412.0
Mr. President,you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame.They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain 5/6— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1502834012.0
The #WhiteSupremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of blame as a win.We can not allow this old evil to be resurrected 6/6— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1502834204.0
I don't understand what's so hard about this. White supremacists and Neo-Nazis are evil and shouldn't be defended.— Steve Stivers (@Steve Stivers)1502836324.0
We should be abundantly clear. White supremacy, Nazism, and hate have no place in our society. We must condemn it on no uncertain terms.— Darrell Issa (@Darrell Issa)1502835637.0
Republican Rep. Hurd says he’s “absolutely” not proud of how Trump handled news conference, says if kids are watchi… https://t.co/vRReQt1jJ3— The Situation Room (@The Situation Room)1502832660.0
White supremacy and those who embrace it are a disgrace to our nation. There can be no equivocation, no comparison.— Mike Coffman (@Mike Coffman)1502837567.0
Those who march under Nazi flags or with KKK-affiliated groups are not "fine people."— Rep. Lloyd Smucker (@Rep. Lloyd Smucker)1502837152.0