WASHINGTON — Reactions from Republicans and Democrats alike are pouring in after President Donald Trump insisted both sides were responsible for the violence in Charlotteville, Virginia, where white supremacists at a “Unite the Right” rally clashed with counter protestors.
“I think there’s blame on both sides and I have no doubt about it,” the President said during a news conference Tuesday.
He insisted the fault needs to be shared for the violence.
“You had a group on one side that was bad and a group on the other side that was very violent. No one wants to say it, but I’ll say it.”
Reaction from both sides of the aisle was swift and strongly worded:
Congressman Steve Cohen tweeted, “General Kelly please put him in time out. He has aligned himself with the KKK&Nazi’s who said #Charlottesville they want to kill Jews.”
“We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity,” said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
“Our country and our commonwealth needs to heal, and that means you have to call out the violence creators,” said Senator Mark Warner.
“Racism, bigotry, anti-Semitism of any form is unacceptable,” added Representative Will Hurd.
Former KKK leader David Duke was among those supporting Mr. Trump and tweeted in part “Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists…”
The president leaves Trump Tower Wednesday to head back to his golf course in New Jersey and continue his working vacation.