‘No moral equiv­a­lence’: Both par­ties de­nounce trump’s Char­lottesville com­ments

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Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic law­mak­ers are re­act­ing to U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s lat­est com­ments on the vi­o­lence over the week­end in Char­lottesville, Va. Se­nior and long­time mem­bers of Trump’s Repub­li­can Party dis­agreed with the pres­i­dent’s state­ment. Repub­li­can House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Twit­ter that “big­otry is counter to all this coun­try stands for,” while Ari­zona Sen. John McCain said, “There’s no moral equiv­a­lency be­tween racists and Amer­i­cans stand­ing up to defy hate and big­otry.” Repub­li­can mem­bers of Congress and the Se­nate also weighed in, with Sen. Jerry Mo­ran of Kansas say­ing “no one, es­pe­cially POTUS, should ever tol­er­ate” white supremacy, big­otry and racism. Con­gress­woman Ileana Ros-Le­hti­nen of Florida tweeted: “Blam­ing ‘both sides’ for Char­lottesville? No.” Law­mak­ers across the aisle joined Repub­li­cans in de­nounc­ing Trump’s “both sides” com­ment. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, who is Jewish, said “words can­not ex­press my dis­gust and dis­ap­point­ment” in Trump’s com­ments, adding: “This is not my pres­i­dent.” Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts said Trump “just de­fended neo-Nazis and blamed those who con­demn their racism and hate.” Demo­cratic lead­er­ship warned Trump’s com­ments could em­bolden white na­tion­al­ists. Se­nate mi­nor­ity leader Chuck Schumer said, “When David Duke and white su­prem­a­cists cheer your re­marks, you’re do­ing it very, very wrong.” House mi­nor­ity leader Nancy Pelosi said in a state­ment that “there is only one side,” and Amer­i­cans “de­serve a pres­i­dent who un­der­stands that.” Demo­cratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Vir­ginia di­rectly re­buffed Trump’s com­ments re­gard­ing the vi­o­lence that re­cently marred his state. “Neo-Nazis, Klans­men and white su­prem­a­cists came to Char­lottesville heav­ily armed, spew­ing ha­tred and look­ing for a fight,” he said in a state­ment. “This was not ‘both sides.’” Source: CBC News

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