Sen. Cory Gardner called out Trump because he never mentioned the white supremacist in Charlottesville by name in his condemning speech of the clashes before the protests.
Read the senator’s tweet below:
Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017
Gardner, along with Sen. Jeff Flake, called out the “Unite the Right” rally that was scheduled in Charlottesville as an example of “hate and bigotry”.
See Sen. Flake’s tweet below:
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 12, 2017
Earlier in the day, Trump said that “many sides” had been responsible for the violence in the town.
At a press conference, Trump said “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard also attended the event. He said the gathering meant to “fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.”
Duke also endorsed the president during last year’s presidential election. However, Trump disavowed the white supremacist leader after he dodged some question about the issue.