'Moral equivalency' between white supremacists and murdered protester is 'disgusting lie'

Trump attacks Lindsey Graham over Charlottesville violence comments

The latest targets of the president's wrath are Lindsey Graham of SC and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

"The GOP is still run by those who believe in the old ideology from the 1980s and whose own interests are tied to the institutional matrix, the policies, the political arrangements, that had evolved during this new age of globalization", McAllister said.

"This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson".

McConnell issued a statement saying "messages of hate and bigotry" from white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups should not be welcome anywhere in the US.

"He should be 100 percent sticking to ideas and forget about personalities", Grassley said on Friday when pressed on whether Trump might find himself without the friends in Congress he would need to defend himself in an impeachment proceeding.

But Trump had on Saturday blamed "many sides" for the deadly violence at a white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, and waited two days to denounce the neo-Nazis and other far-right groups who organized the event.

Graham replied on Twitter soon thereafter that the president's statements on Charlottesville have garnered him "praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country".

Lindsey Graham on Thursday morning, claiming the Republican from SC falsely stated his words about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Graham fired back in a statement a few hours after Trump's tweets. Lindsey Graham of SC misrepresented his comments and called the senator "publicity seeking" in a series of tweets Thursday morning. "History is watching us all".

Sen. Lindsey Graham Friday urged President Donald Trump to "listen to his generals" this weekend at Camp David, and warned him that if he pulls troops out of Afghanistan, that could begin groundwork for "another 9-11" attack in the United States. "The more people see that, the more it shapes the picture of who Trump is", Georgetown University Assistant Professor Hans Noel said.

Trump has faced bipartisan criticism for his back-and-forth comments on Charlottesville, both decrying white supremacist groups and then on Tuesday backtracking by placing blame on liberal groups in addition to white nationalists.

"Not only did the president make a very strong, bold, and very honest statement multiple times, he also had the vice president's backing".

He continued: "The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is".

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