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GOP, Fox News Slam Trump’s “Moral Disgrace” Over Charlottesville

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Republican lawmakers slammed President Donald Trump after he spread the blame for the violence which erupted over the weekend at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it, and you have- You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” the president said during a news conference yesterday at Trump Tower. “And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group, you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.”

He continued: “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at, as you say, at the ‘alt-right?’ Do they have any semblance of guilt? … I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it, and you have- You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group, you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.”

Reactions came quickly on social media. Although many GOP leaders did not address Trump by name, they spoke out against white supremacy and decried any “moral equivalency” between supremacists and their opponents.

Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in:

As did Ohio Governor John Kasich…

…and Ohio Senator Rob Portman.

In a series of tweets, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush urged Trump “not parse the assignment of blame” for the events in Charlottesville.

Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts, issued a stern rebuke:

Even House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, now in rehabilitation after being shot during a June congressional baseball practice, found time to respond:

But perhaps no one was as openly disgusted as The Fox News Specialists co-host Kat Timpf, whose immediate comments could not disguise her revulsion.

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