Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t say a word about Trump’s initial “many sides” tweet following the violence that erupted in Charlottesville. He remained quiet after the President then issued a new statement backtracking on that tweet.
Now, one of the most powerful men in the Republican Party has had enough of the President’s damaging secondary comments.
McConnell released a statement Wednesday morning ahead of a rally in Lexington in which he fully condemned the alt-right and every group that falls in line with that group.
“The white supremacist, KKK, and neo-nazi groups who brought hatred and violence to Charlottesville are now planning a rally in Lexington. Their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America. We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-nazis, and those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. We all have a responsibility to stand against hate and violence, wherever it raises its evil head.”
Regardless of personal beliefs, our readers might have with the GOP, Mitch McConnell has a storied history of fighting against racial divides and other civil rights issues in the United States.
Sources close to McConnell say he waited a week to respond because of a contentious fight he was engaged in with the President over the future of health care in the United States. McConnell was also treading lightly because he needs to work with President Trump over the next month to create a fiscal budget and raise the debt ceiling to avoid a government shutdown.
McConnell was forced to respond after Trump on Tuesday issued a statement that once again blamed both sides for the violence while attempting to coin the term “alt-left.”
Here’s Trump’s newest statement:
“I think there is blame on both sides. You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.”
His statement arrives after a member of the alt-right plowed his car into counter-protesters, injuring 19 people and killing Heather Heyer.
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