Former presidents Bush rebuke Trump's neo-Nazi stance

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

"We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country", the Bush statement concluded.

"Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is a moral equivalency between the white supremacist, neo-Nazi and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer", the South Carolina Republican said.

But some Republicans spoke out against Trump, using his name directly to emphasize that they don't agree with what he said in Trump Tower.

President George W. Bush in June 2017.

A woman was killed and 19 other people injured in Charlottesville on Saturday when a suspected white supremacist drove his auto into a group of counter-protesters.

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The statement follows more forceful messages from another Bush. Lindsey Graham did criticize Trump directly over his comments.

Jeb Bush, the son and brother of the presidents, ran against Mr. Trump in last year's GOP presidential primary. But in equating the actions of neo-Nazis chanting Nazi-era slogans such as "blood and soil" and "Jews will not replace us" to the actions of anti-fascist demonstrators, his critics say, he gave political cover to the worst fringe elements of American society.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Wednesday similarly condemned the violence in the Virginia city, but specifically called on his former presidential rival to take a harder stance against racism and hatred. Pressure is mounting on politicians, Republicans particularly, to speak out against Trump who on Tuesday said both sides of the conflict were in the wrong Saturday.

President Bill Clinton also issued a tweet after the events in Charlottesville, but hasn't remarked on Trump's Tuesday comments.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't respond directly to Trump after his news conference but instead released a statement after news that white supremacists are planning a rally in McConnell's home state of Kentucky. "I urge President Trump to unite the country, not parse the assignment of blame for the events in Charlottesville".

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