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Politicians from across the political spectrum have condemned President Trump’s reactions to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12. Trump failed to specifically call out white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members in his initial statement, instead emphasizing that there was blame “on many sides.” Though he specifically condemned those groups Monday, Trump backtracked in an impromptu news conference Tuesday, blaming “both sides” for the violence and saying many of the rally participants were peaceful.

[Trump again blames both sides in Charlottesville, says some counterprotesters were ‘very, very violent’]

Donald Trump R

President of the United States

Aug. 12, 12:19 p.m.

We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!

Later Trump statement

Aug. 12, 4:23 p.m.

We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this eggregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence — on many sides. On many sides.

Later White House statement

Morning of Aug. 13

Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.

Later Trump statement

Aug. 14, 12:43 p.m.

Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

Later news conference

Evening of Aug. 15

I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it. [...] No one wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now: You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.

Reaction to Trump’s Aug. 15 comments

Scott Taylor R

Virginia congressman

Aug. 16

Today's statements by President Trump at his press conference were disappointing and a failure of leadership, which starts at the top, with him. I hope the President will focus on bringing people together and to challenge hate in the strongest unequivocal terms moving forward. There is no home for hate here in Virginia or America.

Jeff Flake R

Arizona senator

Aug. 16, 12:06 a.m.

We can’t claim to be the party of Lincoln if we equivocate in condemning white supremacy

Dean Heller R

Nevada senator

Aug. 15, 11:05 p.m.

There is no defense or justification for evil in the form of white supremacists and Nazis. None.

Tammy Duckworth D

Illinois senator

Aug. 15, 10:14 p.m.

The terrorists who struck fear in the hearts of patriots around this country over the weekend are not “fine people"

Tim Scott R

South Carolina senator

Aug. 15, 9:43 p.m.

The moral authority of this nation rests upon clarity of convictions & actions that reinforce our commitment to the greater good for all! My party&our nation must stand united against hate, racism& groups/individuals who want to reject the truth that we are all from one blood.

Cory Booker D

New Jersey senator

Aug. 15, 9:10 p.m.

Once again Trump leaves me outraged & disgusted. He betrays the office & the people he has sworn to serve. #SickAndTiredOfBeingSickAndTired

Bernie Sanders I

Vermont senator

Aug. 15, 9:04 p.m.

The violence in Charlottesville was caused by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists attempting to spread their hateful and racist ideology.

John McCain R

Arizona senator

Aug. 15, 9:02 p.m.

There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so

Ben Cardin D

Maryland senator

Aug. 15, 8:58 p.m.

White supremacy and racism are repugnant and fundamentally against the values we hold dear as a civilized society

James Lankford R

Oklahoma senator

Aug. 15, 8:24 p.m.

Our words must not create confusion. The supremacy of any race is abhorrent, unAmerican & should be condemned by everyone. Full stop.

Mitt Romney R

Former Massachusetts governor

Aug. 15, 8:14 p.m.

No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.

Joe Donnelly D

Indiana senator

Aug. 15, 8:12 p.m.

We must condemn, not condone, white supremacists and Nazis. As I've said, the hatred and bigotry in #Charlottesville is not reflective of our values as Hoosiers or Americans.

Angus King I

Maine senator

Aug. 15, 8:08 p.m.

I had hoped we were on a path towards healing and reconciliation. I am truly disappointed by today's press conference. To heal from acts of bigotry and hate fueled by white supremacists and hate groups, we need civil discourse — not divisive language.

John Hoeven R

North Dakota senator

Aug. 15, 8:05 p.m.

There is no room in America for groups like white supremacists and neo-Nazis that push a violent, racist agenda.

Tom Carper D

Delaware senator

Aug. 15, 7:57 p.m.

Those of us elected to serve have a great responsibility to show leadership in trying times. @POTUS' failure to do so is beyond shameful

Kayleigh McEnany R

Republican National Committee spokeswoman

Aug. 15, 7:49 p.m.

President @realDonaldTrump once again denounced hate today. The GOP stands behind his message of love and inclusiveness!

Thom Tillis R

North Carolina senator

Aug. 15, 7:23 p.m.

When it comes to white supremacists & neo-nazis, there can be no equivocating: they’re propagators of hate and bigotry. Period.

Susan Collins R

Maine senator

Aug. 15, 7:18 p.m.

The violence in Charlottesville was caused by racists & hate groups. We must unite against them.

David Perdue R

Georgia senator

Aug. 15, 7:07 p.m.

KKK, neo-Nazi, & white supremacist groups spew bigotry & racism. These groups & their ideals are the antithesis of American patriotism.

Gary Peters D

Michigan senator

Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m.

The President blames 'many sides' but he should know that white supremacists & neo-nazis sow hate & violence and are wrong. It's that simple

Kevin McCarthy R

House majority leader and California congressman

Aug. 15, 6:50 p.m.

Saturday's violence and tragic loss of life was a direct consequence of the hateful rhetoric & action from white supremacists demonstrating.

Claire McCaskill D

Missouri senator

Aug. 15, 6:42 p.m.

This shouldn't be hard. Condemn hate. Condemn neo Nazis and white supremicists. Condemn domestic terrorism. Period.

John Kasich R

Ohio governor

Aug. 15, 6:42 p.m.

Let's get real. There is no moral equivalency to Nazi sympathizers. There can be no room in America — or the Republican party — for racism, anti-Semitism, hate or white nationalism. Period.

Heidi Heitkamp D

North Dakota senator

Aug. 15, 6:40 p.m.

Must explicitly condemn hateful, racist white supremacists who violently attacked & intimidated in #Charlottesville. No other way around it.

Robert P. Casey Jr. D

Pennsylvania senator

Aug. 15, 6:38 p.m.

.@realDonaldTrump should follow this bipartisan example- unequivocally condemn this hateful ideology and Saturday's attack. [Sharing earlier tweet from Sen. Orrin Hatch:] We should never hesitate to call out hate. Whenever and wherever we see it.

Rob Portman R

Ohio senator

Aug. 15, 6:36 p.m.

We must speak out clearly against the hatred, racism and white supremacists who descended upon #Charlottesville.

Steve Stivers R

Ohio congressman, National Republican Congressional Committee chairman

Aug. 15, 6:32 p.m.

I don't understand what's so hard about this. White supremacists and Neo-Nazis are evil and shouldn't be defended.

Steve Scalise R

House majority whip and Louisiana congressman, 1st district

Aug. 15, 6:32 p.m.

I was clear about this bigotry & violence over the weekend and I'll repeat it today: We must defeat white supremacy and all forms of hatred.

Orrin Hatch R

Utah senator

Aug. 15, 6:28 p.m.

We should never hesitate to call out hate. Whenever and wherever we see it.

Patrick J. Leahy D

Vermont senator

Aug. 15, 6:24 p.m.

POTUS can stand with the country against hate, or he can embrace and exploit hate. Cannot do both. Disgraceful. [Later tweet:] Mr. President - Heather Heyer was not murdered by "both sides."

Christopher A. Coons D

Delaware senator

Aug. 15, 6:22 p.m.

There are no 'fine people' anywhere carrying swastikas and wearing Klansman robes.

Barbara Comstock R

Virginia congresswoman, 10th district

Aug. 15, 6:22 p.m.

Mr. President, there were not "very fine people" on the NeoNazi, white supremacist side; only haters. Grateful DOJ understands this.

Michael F. Bennet D

Colorado senator

Aug. 15, 6:17 p.m.

Teleprompter @POTUS condemns white supremacy, unscripted @POTUS blames "both sides." No one should need a teleprompter to do the right thing [Later tweet:] White supremacy is wrong. There is no moral equivalence. We will repeat this and act against it until we stop having to.

Todd C. Young R

Indiana senator

Aug. 15, 6:14 p.m.

This is simple: we must condemn and marginalize white supremacist groups, not encourage and embolden them.

Chris Murphy D

Connecticut senator

Aug. 15, 6:11 p.m.

FYI, after today, White House staff have effectively been folded into the white supremacy propaganda operation. Your choice - stay or go.

Robert C. "Bobby" Scott D

Virginia congressman

Aug. 15, 6:11 p.m.

I am extremely disappointed to see @realDonaldTrump miss another opportunity to help the country heal after the events in #Charlottesville

Paul Ryan R

House speaker and Wisconsin congressman

Aug. 15, 6:01 p.m.

We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.

Jeanne Shaheen D

New Hampshire senator

Aug. 15, 5:58 p.m.

There's no debate, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists are on the wrong side. It's disgraceful for @realDonaldTrump to suggest otherwise.

Bill Nelson D

Florida senator

Aug. 15, 5:56 p.m.

There is no defending white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK.

Terry McAuliffe D

Virginia governor

Aug. 15, 5:55 p.m.

Neo-Nazis, Klansmen and white supremacists came to Charlottesville heavily armed, spewing hatred and looking for a fight. One of them murdered a young woman in an act of domestic terrorism, and two of our finest officers were killed in a tragic accident while serving to protect this community. This was not 'both sides.'

Chris Van Hollen D

Maryland senator

Aug. 15, 5:54 p.m.

President Trump, this moment demands moral clarity, not appeasement of neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The alt-right is all wrong. [Later tweet:] The arc of the moral universe bends toward justice. You will not succeed in reversing our journey to a more perfect union.

Richard Blumenthal D

Connecticut senator

Aug. 15, 5:52 p.m.

Trump's repugnant comments mark a complete abdication of any semblance of moral leadership. [Later tweet:] No more dog whistle, now a megaphone used by the President to message approval for violent hate groups.

Jeff Merkley D

Oregon senator

Aug. 15, 4:47 p.m.

Trump just repeated his previous views of the moral equivalence of white supremacists and civil rights protesters in #Charlottesville. [Later tweet:] David Duke likes @realDonaldTrump's comments. Tells you all you need to know.

Ron Wyden D

Oregon senator

Aug. 15, 5:43 p.m.

Off prompter and in his own words, the president gives comfort to white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Absolutely horrifying. [Later tweet:] My parents fled Nazi Germany. There's no "many siding" this Mr. President.

Patty Murray D

Washington senator

Aug. 15, 5:38 p.m.

There is only one side. White supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis, & hate groups have no place in our country. The President needs to say that.

Chuck Schumer D

New York senator and Senate minority leader

Aug. 15, 5:33 p.m.

Great and good American presidents seek to unite not divide. Donald Trump’s remarks clearly show he is not one of them. [Later tweet:] By saying he is not taking sides, Donald Trump clearly is. When David Duke and white supremacists cheer, you’re doing it very very wrong.

Sheldon Whitehouse D

Rhode Island senator

Aug. 15, 5:31 p.m.

Did you really just compare neo-Nazis & white supremacists to the other side? @realDonaldTrump, there is one evil side here.

Will Hurd R

Texas congressman

Aug. 15, 5:30 p.m.

Apologize. Racism, bigotry, anti-Semitism, of any form is unacceptable. And the leader of the free world should be unambiguous about that.

Marco Rubio R

Florida senator

Aug. 15, 5:27 p.m.

The organizers of events which inspired & led to #charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons [Later tweet:] Mr. President,you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame. They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain

Kirsten Gillibrand D

New York senator

Aug. 15, 5:23 p.m.

Wow, what a disgrace. There is only one side. No one, especially not the leader of the free world, should ever tolerate violent racists.

Tim Kaine D

Virginia senator

Aug. 15, 5:23 p.m.

Charlottesville violence was fueled by one side: white supremacists spreading racism, intolerance & intimidation. Those are the facts.

Nancy Pelosi D

House minority leader and California congresswoman

Aug. 15, 5:07 p.m.

The president’s continued talk of blame ‘on many sides’ ignores the abhorrent evil of white supremacism …

Richard J. Durbin D

Senate Democratic whip and Illinois senator

Aug. 15, 5:03 p.m.

There is only one side that brought brutality, nazi flags, and swastikas to Charlottesville.

Margaret Wood Hassan D

New Hampshire senator

Aug. 15, 5:03 p.m.

When it comes to Nazism, white supremacy & domestic terrorism, the only sides are good vs. evil. @realdonaldtrump, which side are you on?

Elizabeth Warren D

Massachusetts senator

Aug. 15, 5:03 p.m.

The President of the United States just defended neo-Nazis and blamed those who condemn their racism and hate. This is sick.

Gerald E. Connolly D

Virginia congressman

Aug. 15, 4:59 p.m.

Trump fails test again. There is no ambiguity here, Mr. President. Neo-Nazis, alt-right, white supremacists are BAD.

Robert Menendez D

New Jersey senator

Aug. 15, 4:58 p.m.

The President of the United States just went on TV & defended ppl attending a white supremacist rally of neoNazis & klansmen. Just sickening

Jack Reed D

Rhode Island senator

Aug. 15, 4:56 p.m.

Mr. President, for the good of the country, stop defending the actions of white supremacists in #Charlottesville. [Later statement:] The President of the United States is the leader of the free world and should serve as a symbol for what is best about America. It is time for him to stop excusing white supremacists and start working to bring Americans together in the fight against racism and intolerance.

Edward J. Markey D

Massachusetts senator

Aug. 15, 4:51 p.m.

It’s a sad day in American history when the President of the United States defends white supremacists.

Catherine Cortez Masto D

Nevada senator

Aug. 15, 4:47 p.m.

.@realDonaldTrump yet again, you stood up for neo-Nazis and white supremacists today. Yet again, you've failed to live up to your office.

Sherrod Brown D

Ohio senator

Aug. 15, 4:46 p.m.

There are not ‘many sides’ to blame for #Charlottesville. There is right and wrong. White nationalism, hatred and bigotry are wrong.

David Duke

Former Ku Klux Klan leader

Aug. 15, 4:45 p.m.

Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa

Cory Gardner R

Colorado senator

Aug. 15, 4:44 p.m.

Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. [Previous tweet:] Praying for those hurt & killed today in Charlottesville. This is nothing short of domestic terrorism & should be named as such.

Brian Schatz D

Hawaii senator

Aug. 15, 4:42 p.m.

As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment. This is not my President.

Mark R. Warner D

Virginia senator

Aug. 15, 4:37 p.m.

No words.

Illeana Ros-Lehtinen R

Florida congresswoman

Aug. 15, 4:34 p.m.

Blaming "both sides" for #Charlottesville?! No. Back to relativism when dealing with KKK, Nazi sympathizers, white supremacists? Just no.

Kamala Harris D

California senator

Aug. 15, 4:26 p.m.

“Many sides” suggests that there is no right side or wrong side, that all are morally equal. But I reject that. It's not hard to spot the wrong side here. They're the ones with the torches and the swastikas.

Don Beyer D

Virginia congressman

Aug. 15

In an unhinged press conference, Donald Trump just defended the Charlottesville rally, the alt-right, and Confederate statues. And now we're back to where we were Saturday: "there's blame on both sides." Just incredible.

A. Donald McEachin D

Virginia congressman

Aug. 15

This afternoon, Mr. Trump’s true colors revealed that Saturday’s appalling rhetoric truly was a wink and nod to the white supremacist groups that represent the real Donald J. Trump. As I said this morning, our President seems more like the president of the ‘alt-right. [...] Mr. President, here's a hint. When David Duke is thanking you, you're on the wrong side.

We previously tracked politicians’s responses to the protests and Trump’s original comments. Those reactions are below.

Did not specifically condemn white supremacists

Many officials — notably including Trump — made statements against the situation and polarization in general but did not use specific terms like “white nationalism” or “neo-Nazi.”

Mitch McConnell R

Kentucky senator and Senate majority leader

Aug. 12, 2:03 p.m.

The hate and bigotry witnessed in #Charlottesville does not reflect American values. I wholeheartedly oppose their actions.

Joe Manchin D

West Virginia senator

Aug. 12, 2:47 p.m.

I'm disheartened by the scenes at UVA. There is no place for hatred like this in our country. #Charlottesville

Corey Stewart R

Former Republican candidate for Virginia governor

Aug. 13, 1:20 p.m.

There’s no reason to apologize for some nutcases that show up in Charlottesville. We have nothing to do with them in the Republican Party. They’re not conservatives. In fact, when you think about it, this is the far, far, far left. These are people, they believe the government should control people and stymie free speech.

Jill Vogel R

Nominee for lieutenant governor, Virginia state senator

Aug. 12, 3:15 p.m.

I am horrified by the hate being displayed in Charlottesville. It is not the Virginia that I know and love and I condemn this vile display of racism.

Justin Fairfax D

Nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor, former federal prosecutor

Aug. 12, 1:05 p.m.

I am saddened by the scenes of violence and demonstrations of hatred in one of Virginia's greatest cities.

Condemned Trump’s original statement

A few officials directly criticized Trump for not condemning “white supremacists” in his original comments.

Mike Signer D

Charlottesville mayor

Aug. 13

What I did not hear in the president's statement yesterday, as well-intentioned as it may have been, is I didn't hear the words 'white supremacy'. And I think that it's important to call this for what it is and to say, okay, this show has run its course, this shark has been jumped, let's move on.

Cory Gardner R

Colorado senator

Aug. 12, 3:44 p.m.

Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.

Marco Rubio R

Florida senator

Aug. 12, 4:30 p.m.

Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists

Chuck Schumer D

New York senator and Senate minority leader

Aug. 12, 12:47 p.m.

The march last night and the rally today in Charlottesville against everything the American flag stands for and what the founding fathers stood for. President Trump must condemn this in the strongest terms, immediately.

Nancy Pelosi D

House minority leader and California congresswoman

Aug. 12, 7:37 p.m.

The vile beliefs of the perpetrators of this violence insult our fundamental American values and must be condemned in the strongest terms. The President's talk of violence 'on many sides' ignores the shameful reality of white supremacism in our country today, and continues a disturbing pattern of complacency around such acts of hate.

Don Beyer D

Virginia congressman, 8th district

Aug. 12, 2:40 p.m.

You [Trump] must condemn racism, and take decisive action to stop it. Also, your White House still employs Bannon, Gorka, Anton, and Miller.

Earlier statement

Aug. 12, 9:58 a.m.

White supremacists chanting Nazi slogans aren't Virginia or America. They are weak, ignorant, fearful people with citronella tiki torches [...]

Gerald E. Connolly D

Virginia congressman, 11th district

Aug. 12, 4:10 p.m.

Trump reaps what he sowed in campaign in Cville. The alt-right is nothing but a front for racist, violent extremism. He fails big test today

Earlier statement

Aug. 12, 11:49 a.m.

We banished hate a long time ago in Virginia. We must condemn this bigotry and not turn a blind eye to racism.

Kamala Harris D

California senator

Aug. 13, 6:03 p.m.

As we all now know, this weekend in Charlottesville, hundreds of white supremacists gathered with torches, shouting racial, ethnic and religious epithets about Black and Jewish people, chanting Nazi slurs, waving the Confederate flag and banners emblazoned with giant swastikas. [...] And as the country grappled with this tragedy, we were told that “many sides” should be condemned. Many sides. [...] “Many sides” is what kept children in this country at separate schools and adults at separate lunch counters for decades.

Specifically condemned white supremacists (but not Trump’s original statement)

Other officials didn’t criticize Trump’s statement but did use specific terms like “white nationalism” or “neo-Nazi” in their own statements.

Mike Pence R

Vice President of the United States

Aug. 13, 7:20 p.m.

We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK.

Earlier statement

Aug. 12, 3:40 p.m.

As @POTUS Trump said, "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation... & true affection for each other." #Charlottesville

Terry McAuliffe D

Virginia governor

Aug. 13, 11:37 a.m.

At every level, elected officials in America must denounce white supremacy, Nazism & any rhetoric that empowers those who seek to divide us.

Earlier statement

Aug. 12, 10:10 a.m.

The acts and rhetoric in #Charlottesville over past 24 hours are unacceptable & must stop. A right to speech is not a right to violence.

Jeff Sessions R

Attorney General

Morning of Aug. 14

Rasicm, white supremacy is totally unacceptable. I think the president talked about the problems in America, in that first statement, have been going on a long time. He said before Donald Trump, before Barack Obama. A long time.

Earlier statement

Aug. 12, 10:53 p.m.

The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice. When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.

Ivanka Trump

Adviser to and daughter of President Trump

Aug. 13, 7:09 a.m.

1:2 There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.

Paul Ryan R

House Speaker and Wisconsin congressman, 1st district

Aug. 12, 6:13 PM

Our hearts are with today's victims. White supremacy is a scourge. This hate and its terrorism must be confronted and defeated.

Earlier statement

Aug. 12, 12:01 p.m.

The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.

Tim Kaine D

Virginia senator

Aug. 12, 6:06 p.m.

It's sickening to see the displays of violence and bigotry that were brought to Charlottesville by white nationalists over the last 24 hours, which tragically led to injuries and at least one death today. This is not who we are. Charlottesville is a vibrant community that recognizes the deep scars from our past and has rejected hatred in favor of inclusion.

Mark R. Warner D

Virginia senator

Aug. 12, 5:26 p.m.

Virginians mourn the life taken in this morning's events and reject this hateful violence in Charlottesville. We condemn the intolerance behind it and those who would pass it off as a legitimate political movement.

Earlier statement

Aug. 11, 4:53 p.m.

To the white nationalists descending on Charlottesville: go back to where you came from. Hate has no place in Va.

Thomas Garrett R

Virginia congressman, 5th district (including Charlottesville)

Aug. 13

I’ve said white supremacist an awful lot, I’ve condemned them as vocally and vociferously as I can, I’m going to keep on doing it. It’s antithetical to who we are as a people, and it is really troubling that we would move backwards.

Earlier statement

Aug. 12, 1:49 p.m.

Today has been a tragic culmination of extremist polarization in our own backyard. We wholeheartedly condemn these acts, ideologies, and the sheer hatred that travelled into our home.

Barbara Comstock R

Virginia congresswoman, 10th district

Aug. 12, 1:00 p.m.

The neo-Nazi march and the hate and racism on display in Charlottesville are vile, have no place in Virginia, and are denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike in our great Commonwealth. We thank and pray for our law enforcement who protect our Commonwealth and put themselves in harm's way to protect our communities.

Rob Wittman R

Virginia representative, 1st congressional district

Aug. 12

I despise and tenaciously denounce the violence, hate and bigotry that we have seen in Charlottesville. The rhetoric and actions of racists, white supremacists, and Nazi-ideologues are not the values of our Commonwealth or our great nation.

Scott Taylor R

Virginia congressman, 2nd district

Aug. 13, 10:50 a.m.

As a follow up to my strong statement yesterday, the actions and ideology of hate from white supremacists have no place in our state, country, or world. We are in this together, let's find solutions to our problems, celebrate our differences, and reject hate in all its forms.

Robert C. “Bobby” Scott D

Virginia congressman, 3rd district

Aug. 12

I am deeply concerned about the unfolding situation in Charlottesville where white nationalists have violently clashed with counter-protesters. While I respect their First Amendment right to assemble and freedom of speech, this sort of violence and hate speech has no credible role in our public discourse.

A. Donald McEachin D

Virginia congressman, 4th district

Aug. 12

My heart is broken at the loss of life, the injuries and the fear that has been shown this weekend. I commend those who stood against these Klansmen and Nazis. These people will not win. The bigotry, hate, and anti-Semitism they peddle has no place here and no place in our great nation. All good people flinch at the horror we have seen unfold this weekend.

Bob Goodlatte R

Virginia congressman, 6th district

Aug. 12

I am deeply saddened and revolted by the hate and violence taking place in Charlottesville, and am praying for the victim killed and others injured. The racist and anti-Semitic views embraced by white supremacists have no place in our nation and do not reflect core American values of equality and religious freedom.

Dave Brat R

Virginia congressman, 7th district

Aug. 12, 8:05 p.m.

To be clear, I reject nazi white supremacists, the KKK, and fascism which requires a total fed state. They all operate in hate vs love.

Earlier statement

Aug. 12, 4:19 p.m.

We were created equal by our Creator and that is affirmed in the Declaration of Independence. Any group or individual that believes in racial superiority runs completely counter to the Gospel and the rule of law in our country and is to be condemned. The violence and bigotry on display in Charlottesville has no place in our Virginia communities.

Morgan H. Griffith R

Virginia congressman, 9th district

Aug. 14

I am appalled by the displays of racism and hate in Charlottesville this past weekend. The idea of white supremacy is contrary to our belief, as Virginians and Americans, that all men and women are created equal. I condemn this bigotry and the violence it inspired that caused death and injury.

John McCain R

Arizona senator

Aug. 12, 7:26 p.m.

White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special. As we mourn the tragedy that has occurred in Charlottesville, American patriots of all colors and creeds must come together to defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry.

Jeff Flake R

Arizona senator

Aug. 12, 1:54 p.m.

The #WhiteSupremacy in #Charlottesville does not reflect the values of the America I know. Hate and bigotry have no place in this country.

Ted Cruz R

Texas senator

Aug. 12, 8:27 p.m.

The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate. Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.

Tom Cotton R

Arkansas senator

Aug. 13, 9:17 a.m.

White supremacists who claim to ‘take America back' only betray their own ignorance of what makes America so special: our country's founding recognition of the natural rights of all mankind and commitment to the defense of the rights of all Americans.

Orrin Hatch R

Utah senator

Aug. 12, 4:41 p.m.

We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH

Ben Sasse R

Nebraska senator

Aug. 12, 3:25 p.m.

These people are utterly revolting--and have no understanding of America. This creedal nation explicitly rejects "blood & soil" nationalism.

Kirsten Gillibrand D

New York senator

Aug. 12, 9:01 p.m.

White supremacy and neo-Nazism have no place in America. Domestic terrorism like this cannot be tolerated.

Chuck Grassley R

Iowa senator

Aug. 12, 4:11 p.m.

What " WhiteNatjonalist" are doing in Charlottesville is homegrown terrorism that can't be tolerated anymore that what Any extremist does

Rob Portman R

Ohio senator

Aug. 12, 5:35 p.m.

The tragedy in Charlottesville this afternoon was domestic terrorism. We must all condemn hatred and white nationalism.

Larry Hogan R

Maryland governor

Aug. 12, 12:34 p.m.

Violence, hate, and bigotry all of kinds must be confronted and condemned. The disgusting and vile acts taking place in Charlottesville have absolutely no place in our society and must be stopped [...] American values have nothing to do with white supremacy and hate, and Maryland will continue to stand in strong opposition to those who use it for personal or political gain.

Chris Christie R

New Jersey governor

Aug. 12, 6:01 p.m.

We reject the racism and violence of white nationalists like the ones acting out in Charlottesville. Everyone in leadership must speak out.

Hillary Clinton D

2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former New York senator

Aug. 12, 4:07 p.m.

But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets. Every minute we allow this to persist through tacit encouragement or inaction is a disgrace, & corrosive to our values. Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions. We will not step backward. If this is not who we are as Americans, let's prove it.

Mitt Romney R

Former Massachusetts governor

Aug. 12, 10:29 p.m.

Racial prejudice, then hate, then repugnant speech, then a repulsive rally, then murder; not supremacy, barbarism.

Ralph Northam D

Virginia lieutenant governor, nominee for governor

Aug. 12, 8:39 a.m.

White supremacists have descended upon Charlottesville again to evoke a reaction as ugly and violent as their beliefs— just as they did before, I am urging Virginians to deny them the satisfaction.

Ed Gillespie R

Nominee for Virginia governor, former Republican National Committee chairman

Aug. 12, 4:01 p.m.

Definitely tragic effect of vile neo Nazi and white supremacist actions.

Earlier statement

Aug. 12, 12:33 p.m.

Having a right to spew vile hate does not make it right. It is painful to see these ugly events in Charlottesville last night and today. These displays have no place in our Commonwealth, and the mentality on display is rejected by the decent, thoughtful and compassionate fellow Virginians I see every day. I know we all appreciate the law enforcement officials maintaining order and protecting public safety there.

A previous version of this story stated that Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) did not specifically condemn white supremacists. He did on Friday evening, before the planned rally. We have adjusted his position accordingly.

About this story

Statements gathered from staff reports, press releases and social media accounts of lawmakers.

Originally published Aug. 13, 2017.


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