On Tuesday, Trump said the neo-Nazi protesters were not the only ones responsible for the violence in Charlottesville this weekend. He also blamed “alt-left” protesters, claiming they ignited violence against the racists by coming at them and “swinging clubs.”
Republicans strongly rebuked the president.
“We must be clear,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Twitter. “White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.”
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), who has a black father and white mother, noted that former KKK leader David Duke thanked Trump for blaming “alt-left” protesters.
“I don’t think anybody should be looking at getting props from a Grand Dragon of the KKK as any kind of sign of success,” Hurd said.
“Apologize,” Hurd said. “Racism, bigotry, anti-Semitism of any form is unacceptable. The leader of the free world should be unambiguous about that.” Read more at The Hill.