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Charlottesville violence: Donald Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists, draws rebukes from Republicans and Democrats alike

Washington: President Donald Trump condemned what he called an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" after violence at a rally in Charlottesville led to three deaths.

However, the United States president failed to explicitly call out the role of white supremacists in the clashes, which led to strong criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.

Utah Republican senator Orrin Hatch wrote, "We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home."

A Republican senator from Colorado, Cory Gardner, tweeted "Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism."

Another Republican, Florida senator Marco Rubio, wrote: "Nothing patriotic about #Nazis,the #KKK or #WhiteSupremacists It's the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be."

Paul Ryan, speaker of the United States House of Representatives, called white supremacy a scrouge.

Governor Mike Huckabee also tweeted about the racist events of Saturday.

With inputs from AP

Published Date: Aug 14, 2017 06:18 AM | Updated Date: Aug 14, 2017 06:17 AM

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