An unprecedented outpouring of congressional Republicans reacted Tuesday as President Donald Trump flipped his position (again) on last weekend’s violent outburst in Charlottesville, Virginia.
First Trump held “both sides” responsible just after protesters demonstrating in support of a General Robert E. Lee statue clashed with counterprotesters. Then a prepared speech Monday had the president condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazi’s and the violence generally. Finally, Tuesday night Trump came back to two-sided rhetoric when he said some members of the far-right organized demonstration were “very fine” people.
Following the president’s mercurial takes, members of his own party took to Trump’s favorite platform. Here’s what they 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.
There’s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so
White supremacy, bigotry & racism have absolutely no place in our society & no one – especially POTUS – should ever tolerate it. Full STMT: pic.twitter.com/dufC1MGWgB
Seems like a good time to re-up these remarks –> https://t.co/TVQEND6gfr
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 15, 2017
— Brandon Rittiman (@BrandonRittiman) August 15, 2017
We can’t accept excuses for white supremacy & acts of domestic terrorism. We must condemn. Period.
This is cut-and-dry: White supremacists & neo-Nazis have no place in our society & that should be made unequivocally clear on all levels
Mr. President, there were not “very fine people” on the NeoNazi, white supremacist side; only haters. Grateful DOJ understands this. https://t.co/MDmYPcUP5h
For the sake of our country, he must leave no room for doubt that racism and hatred will not be tolerated or ignored by his White House 3/3
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) August 16, 2017
When entire movement built on anger & hatred towards people different than you,it justifies & ultimately leads to violence against them 3/6