Mark Warner, D-Va.
That the rioting caused by the white nationalists resulted in the death of a young woman rammed by a vehicle driven by a neo-Nazi only compounds the tragedy of the situation.
On Saturday, Trump claimed that the clashes were a result of "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides". "But not all those people were Neo-nazis, believe me". The MSM had already determined that the only acceptable narrative was to unequivocally condemn only white supremacists, not the so-called "antifascists" who showed up ready to fight them.
The situation escalated when stronger statement came from Vice President Mike Pence's naming "these unsafe fringe groups have no place in American public life".
Even some conservative commentators and lawmakers seem to have drunk the MSM's Kool-Aid as they admonished Trump for not being stronger in condemning the KKK and white supremacists.
The president's rhetorical ricochet - from declining on Saturday to name the bad guys in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., to his muted acknowledgment Monday that neo-Nazis and white supremacists "are criminals and thugs" and then Tuesday to a classic doubling down on his original remarks - seemed nearly perfectly created to highlight some basic truths about Trump: He does not like to be told what to say. "What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands swinging clubs?" So lame. A woman died, a paralegal named Heather Heyer, and others were wounded at the hand of what appears to be a racist murderer using a auto as a deadly weapon. "There is another side". He's not a racist, I can tell you that. "That's the way it is".
The Justice Department has launched a civil rights inquiry in connection with the incident, and the driver, a 20-year-old OH man who was said to have had a history of neo-Nazi beliefs, has been charged with second-degree murder. Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, also stood with Pascrell and called the president "an accomplice to terrorism". You can call it murder. He is also charged with three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run.
After delivering a wild press conference in which he slammed the "alt-left" and defended the "peaceful" white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville this weekend with weapons and torches, President Donald Trump touted his winery in the Virginia town.
"I think there's this disengagement theory that's been pushed forward", he said.
Corey Stewart, an "alt-right" leader and the former Republican gubernatorial candidate turned Senate candidate in Virginia, tweeted in response to Trump on Tuesday, "They won't stop until all of American history is erased".
Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford said the President was "clearly communicating the evilness of racism".
As his top aides stood behind him in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday, looking like they were wondering whether it was possible to slide right into the pink marble, the president fielded questions about the aftermath of the Charlottesville confrontation between far-right marchers and those who protested against them.
Ex-Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke was one of them. "I wanted to see the facts".
Referring to the reporters assembled, he insisted that he had watched the protests "much more closely than you people watched it".
He acknowledged there were "some very bad people" looking for trouble in the group protesting plans to remove the statue.
Trump: Both groups were bad in Va. "You can call it whatever you want", he said.
And as I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws. Mr. Trump has not yet reached out to the family of Heather Hayer, the woman killed in the apparent attack.