There were obviously many responses to President Trump’s comments about blame going to “both sides” in the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.
Mitt Romney quickly fired back at Trump over Twitter saying that the two clashing groups were more “morally different universes.”
“No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes,” Romney tweeted Tuesday.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants Trump to make it clear that there is not a “moral equivalency” between white nationalists and the counter demonstrators that gathered in Charlottesville.
“There’s no moral equivalency between racists [and] Americans standing up to defy hate [and] bigotry. The President of the United States should say so,” McCain wrote on Twitter.
Trump defended his slowness in responding to the violence and condemning the white supremacists by saying, “I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it,” Trump said on Tuesday. “And 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 on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”
He also defended demonstrators who gathered in the Virginia college town to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
“Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” he said at a news conference. “Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.”
Carl Bernstein, a veteran journalist, is saying that “important Republicans” are now privately vocalizing that President Trump is “unfit” for office and are urging reporters to look into how “pervasive such talk may be.” He followed up an original tweet that did not name any names of prominent Republicans by saying that the reason Trump is “unfit” is because of a “lack of ethics, competence, temperament/stability.”
Bernstein has been a vocal critic of Trump, saying last month that his administration was “dangerous beyond any modern presidency.”
Are these comments from Romney, McCain, and Bernstein justified?
Credit: The Hill