GOP senator, media 'totally misrepresent' what I said after Charlottesville

Elias Hubbard
August 22, 2017

US President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at a fellow Republican who criticised his response to the Charlottesville violence, calling Lindsey Graham a "publicity seeking" lawmaker.

"I am not putting anybody on a moral plane", he said during Tuesday's chaotic press conference.

Trump came out Monday and specifically condemned white supremacist groups like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan after only criticizing "many sides" on Saturday. "To the force to make it clear that that kind of racism and bigotry is not going to stand inside the force, and to the American people to remind them of the values for which we stand in the USA military, which are reflective of what I believe to be the values of the United States".

In a statement Wednesday, Graham said, "Mr. President, I encourage you to try to bring us together as a nation after this horrific event in Charlottesville". Anything less will enable a white supremacist takeover of the Republican Party.

The president on Thursday also rapped Arizona Sen. "For the sake of our nation - as our president - please fix this". House Speaker Paul Ryan charged that, "White supremacy is repulsive". And as the 2018 elections begin to take shape, the debate over Trump's words appears to be taking hold in GOP primaries. Trump also said that not everyone who participated in the white nationalist rally, which was to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was a bad person.

More Republicans need to speak bluntly and directly out against Trump's racism. What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in the hands, swinging clubs?

Senate Democratic leader Senator Charles Schumer said, "When David Duke and white supremacists cheer your remarks, you're doing it very, very wrong". Although citizens of these countries are leery of Putin, they have greater trust in him than in Trump to "do the right thing regarding world affairs", Pew found.

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