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Lindsey Graham to Trump: "History is watching us all".

19 August, 2017, 05:13 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Several politicians including U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren R-Plano used social media to state their repudiation of Trump’s statements.
“Racism and violence are morally wrong and should be unequivocally condemned at the highest levels of our country,”

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".

Graham responded on Thursday, telling Trump in a statement that "because of the manner in which you have handled the Charlottesville tragedy you are now receiving praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country ... please fix this".

Jackson himself a slave owner who as president oversaw the forced removal of the Cherokee Indian Nation from Virginia to Oklahoma - called the "Trail of Tears" because of the number of Indians who perished during the forced march. He just can't forget his election trouncing.

He said: "Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer".

The weekend violence at the Virginia college town has inflamed racial tensions nationwide and renewed concerns over hate groups after Trump blamed both anti-racism activists and white nationalists.

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

"Well, I do think there's blame", Trump said in a press conference from Trump Tower in NY on Tuesday.




World leaders also criticized Trump's response.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Graham had said if then-candidate Trump came to SC, he would "beat his brains out" in the primary election, according to USA Today. "Well done", the SC lawmaker said Thursday morning, referring to Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed in a vehicle attack on Saturday.

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.

In a separate tweet, he called Flake "WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate". He said Trump "failed the presidential test of moral leadership". Few top Republican officeholders defended the president in the midst of an escalating political crisis.

"As a Jew and as an American and as a representative of an African American district, I am revolted by the fact that the President of the United States couldn't stand up and unequivocally condemn Nazis who want to kill Jews and whose predecessors murdered 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, and could not unequivocally condemn Klansmen whose organization is dedicated to terrorizing African Americans", Cohen's statement reads.

Trump hit back at another favorite target as well, the media: "The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is".

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