Washington, D.C. (WLTX) - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham says President Donald Trump's recent comments are dividing Americans, and says the president took a step backward with his remarks Tuesday.
Graham issued a statement Wednesday in response to the president's most recent comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. In those remarks Tuesday, the president said that "both sides" bore responsibility for the violence that took place during a rally by white nationalists. Trump also said that not everyone who participated in the white nationalist rally, which was to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was a bad person.
During the rally, a man police have said was on the side of the white nationalists drove his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
“Mr. President, I encourage you to try to bring us together as a nation after this horrific event in Charlottesville," Graham said in his statement. "Your words are dividing Americans, not healing them.”
People on the left and the right have since criticized the president's statements, and Graham finds fault with them too.
“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. I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency.
“Many Republicans do not agree with and will fight back against the idea that the Party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world."
“Finally, my thoughts and prayers will be the family and friends of Ms. Heyer as they remember and honor her today.”