President Trump gave a speech on Tuesday, Aug. 15 where he argued that the "alt-left" was just as violent as the white supremacists who were protesting in Charlottesville.
He also defended his original stance to not condemn the white supremacists and other hate groups. "I didn't know all the facts," President Trump said. "I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct."
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican from Cascade Township reacted on Twitter.
"Very fine people" do not participate in rallies with groups chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans and displaying vile symbols of hate.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) August 15, 2017
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, a Democrat from Bloomfield Township, said "white supremacists & neo-nazis sow hate & violence."
The President blames 'many sides' but he should know that white supremacists & neo-nazis sow hate & violence and are wrong. It's that simple— Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) August 15, 2017
U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin, a Republican from Royal Oak, also responded on Twitter.
Really, again? Mr. President, there are not two sides when one side is hate.— Sandy Levin (@repsandylevin) August 15, 2017
And former Congressman John Dingell, a Democrat from Dearborn, criticized the statements made by the President.
Are there any elected Republicans willing to speak with courage tonight and denounce President Trump's public embrace of racist hatemongers?— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) August 16, 2017
President Trump just referred to a group of violent white nationalists, supremacists, segregationists, and neo-Nazis as "very fine people."— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) August 15, 2017
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