President Donald Trump Blasts Republican Senators Over Charlottesville Criticism

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White Supremacists Praise Trump's Return To Rhetoric Blaming 'Both Sides'

19 August, 2017

Lindsey Graham over the President's response to racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, continued Thursday, with the SC senator accusing Trump of stoking tensions, a claim Trump called "a disgusting lie".

The fallout from Trump's response also led to the disbanding of his CEO advisory panels on Wednesday as a growing number of chief executives from some of the nation's largest companies resigned in protest against the president's response.

In the Charlottesville incident, his latest stumble, Trump seemingly equated neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and a cabal of other extreme right wing organizations with the counter-protesters demonstrating against white supremacists, the KKK and hate speech. "He just can't forget his election trouncing.The people of SC will remember!" "The people of SC will remember". "Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the President said 'there were very fine people on both sides.' There are no good Nazis".

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday, "We can not accept excuses for white supremacy and acts of domestic terrorism".

Sherman filed the article one day after the president's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. acknowledged that he met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer during the campaign.

However, Graham quickly pivoted to confronting Trump on the support for him within the white supremacist community.

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"It's time for both of our parties to unite against these white supremacists and all of their enablers - including the president of the United States", DNC chair Tom Perez wrote in an open letter to RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who earlier this week told Good Morning America that there is "no place in our party at all for KKK, anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry".

Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. president who freed the slaves and defeated the southern confederacy in the 1861-1865 civil war, is a prominent Republican and one of the most revered figures in U.S. history. South Carolina's US Senator Lindsey Graham found himself at the other end.

The president was referring to 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his vehicle into anti-racist demonstrators.

Flake, another vocal Trump critic, also called for direct condemnation of white supremacy groups. Kelli Ward. "Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate".

"I am not putting anybody on a moral plane", he said during Tuesday's chaotic press conference. Flake, he noted, has been promoting a new book recently in which he is highly critical of the president.

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