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McConnell & Kasich Attack President Over Virginia Response - Say He's Pathetic

Some of the country’s most prominent Republicans, including the top GOP congressional leader and two former presidents, have condemned President Trump for his comments about protesters at a rally sponsored by the Ku Klux Klan and other white-nationalist groups, the Daily Mail reported.

A woman died and 19 people were injured in Charlottesville, Va., last Saturday, when a reputed neo-Nazi allegedly slammed his sports car into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators. The victims attended the rally to challenge so-called “alt-right” activists who were opposing the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Others suffered injuries in brawls, while a pair of Virginia State Patrol troopers assigned to the scene died in a helicopter crash.

Trump claimed Tuesday that both sides of the confrontation were responsible for the bloodshed, and that some of those who joined the Klan at the event were “very fine people.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., fired back: “We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-nazis, and those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. We all have a responsibility to stand against hate and violence, wherever it raises its evil head.” The leader’s wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, stood behind the president when he made his remarks at a press conference.

McConnell warned that alt-right activists have become emboldened to hold rallies in other states. “The white supremacist, KKK and neo-nazi groups who brought hatred and violence to Charlottesville are now planning a rally in Lexington,” he wrote. “Their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America.”

George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush issued a written statement declaring: “America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms.” The Daily Mail noted that the statement marked the first time the ex-presidents had publicly commented on Trump since he took office.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who competed for last year’s Republican presidential nomination, appeared on the “Today” show Wednesday morning to share his reaction to Trump’s controversial words. “Pathetic,” he said. “Isn’t it just pathetic? The president of the United States needs to condemn these kinds of hate groups.” The governor boasted that he did not endorse Trump even after the real-estate mogul won the nomination. Kasich used his ballot to write in Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Responding to the president’s argument that “both sides” shared the blame for the Charlottesville incident, Kasich declared: “To not condemn these people who went there to carry out violence and to somehow draw some kind of equivalency to somebody else reduces the ability to totally condemn these hate groups. It’s terrible; it’s just terrible. The president of the United States needs to condemn these kinds of hate groups. It’s not about winning an argument.”

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted that “white supremacy groups will see being assigned only 50 percent of blame as a win.” He added: “The organizers of events which inspired and led to @charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100 percent to blame.” Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told her Twitter followers: “Back to relativism when dealing with KKK, Nazi sympathizers, white supremacists? Just no.”

Source: Daily Mail, Newsmax
Photo: YouTube, MailOnline, Gage Skidmore

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