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.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
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."
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. -OGH — Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017
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.
Our hearts are with today's victims. White supremacy is a scourge. This hate and its terrorism must be confronted and defeated.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017
Governor Mike Huckabee also tweeted about the racist events of Saturday.
"White supremacy" crap is worst kind of racism-it's EVIL and perversion of God's truth to ever think our Creator values some above others. — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 12, 2017
With inputs from AP
Updated Date: Aug 14, 2017 06:17 AM