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Marco Rubio: Donald Trump needs to clearly denounce white supremacists in Charlottesville



As white nationals stoke violence in Charlottesville, Va., President Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio offered a study in contrasts.

Trump was more general in his language while Rubio directly condemned Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists. As the day wore on, Rubio said Trump needed to act more decisively.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, also tweeted about the president's response to the attacks: 

Other Republicans also took a harsher tone:

• “We reject the racism and violence of white nationalists like the ones acting out in Charlottesville. Everyone in leadership must speak out.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and Trump supporter.

• “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.” — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Twitter.

• “We must ALL condemn domestic terror & stand together against racism, hate and evils that if left unchecked will tear us apart #Charlottesville.” — Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., on Twitter.

[Last modified: Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:21pm]


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