A Republican senator is encouraging President Trump to specifically call out the white nationalists involved in the violent protests in Charlottesville on Saturday.
“Mr. President – we must call evil by its name,” Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner tweeted. “These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”
Earlier Saturday, Trump delivered remarks and condemned the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists upset over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue violently clashed with counter-protesters.
UVA Medical Center said one person died and 19 others are being treated for injuries after a car plowed into a crowd of demonstrators.
During his comments on the unrest, Trump didn’t single out the white nationalists. He blamed “many sides” for the violence.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides – on many sides,” the president said.
On Saturday evening, a White House aide issued a statement clarifying why the president used the phrase “on many sides.”
“The president was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides,” a White House official said. “There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today.”