Several GOP senators ripped into President Trump Saturday after he delivered a tepid statement on the violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.
Mr. President we must call evil by its name, Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado tweeted. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.
The President, in an address at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., condemned the bloodshed in Charlottesville and blamed hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.
Trump spoke out after a driver plowed into a crowd of people rallying against the white nationalists killing one and injuring 19 others.
Trump doesn’t rebuke white nationalists in Charlottesville speech
Still, he refused to mention by name the white nationalists or neo-Nazis blamed by state leaders for fomenting the violence.
Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch turned personal in his dig on Trump.
We should call evil by its name, Hatch tweeted. “My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa said the white nationalists were engaging in homegrown terrorism.
What ‘White Nationalists’ are doing in Charlottesville is homegrown terrorism that can’t be tolerated anymore [than] what any extremist does, Grassley said.
Even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, one of Trumps most loyal supporters, joined the chorus of Republicans who appealed to the President to denounce the racist protesters who flooded into the normally quiet college town.
We reject the racism and violence of white nationalists like the ones acting out in Charlottesville, Christie said. Everyone in leadership must speak out.