Today has been a terrifying day for the people of Charlottesville. Earlier, we reported that President Trump addressed the protest, however, he failed to directly address the white nationalists.
A growing number of Republican lawmakers have now urged the President to specifically call out the white nationalists involved in the violent protests in Charlottesville.
Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner tweeted:
“Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”
Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017
Trump failed to pinpoint the white nationalists when he addressed the unrest on Saturday evening. He blamed the “many sides” for the onslaught of violence.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides – on many sides,” Trump said.
Other Republicans in Congress took issue with Trump’s remarks.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also tweeted: “Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists,”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 12, 2017
Another Florida Republican, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, tweeted that:
“White supremacists, Neo-Nazis and anti-Semites are the antithesis of our American values. There are no other ‘sides’ to hatred and bigotry.”
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch added, “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.”
More republicans have been commenting on the matter. According to the UVA Medical Center, one person has died and 19 others are being treated for injuries after a car plowed into the crowd of demonstrators. Sending our prayers to Charlottesville.
Take a look at some of the shocking footage and images from today.