Several members of Congress urged the president to refer to violence in central Virginia with stronger language after the commander in chief decried the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.
President Donald Trump spoke Saturday at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey before signing a bill for veterans. He interrupted the event to talk about how groups violently clashed and a 32-year-old woman died Saturday after a car plowed through a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump also said the violence occurred on “many sides,” a remark that drew criticism from some leaders.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said the violence, chaos and loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of “many sides.” “It is racists and white supremacists,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Thomas Garrett of Virginia, who serves the area, said running a car into people is terrorism.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe told white supremacists and neo-Nazis who came to Charlottesville for the planned rally: “Our message is plain and simple. Go home … You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you.”
He also tweeted Saturday morning, “The acts and rhetoric in #Charlottesville over the past 24 hours are unacceptable & must stop. A right to speech is not a right to violence.”
Some used harsh words against the Trump administration:
– “I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.” – Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, a Democrat.
– “Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.” – U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., on Twitter.
And others showed support for Trump:
– “As @POTUS Trump said, “We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation… & true affection for…