March 21 2018

Trump blasts Republican senator on 'moral equivalency' after Virginia attack

March 21 2018, 12:26 | Van Peters

Matt O’Brien is a reporter for The Washington Post’s Wonkblog covering economic affairs

Matt O’Brien is a reporter for The Washington Post’s Wonkblog covering economic affairs

Pressured by advisers, the president had taken a step back from the dispute on Monday, two days after he had enraged many by declining to single out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis whose demonstration against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statute had led to violence and the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville.

Trump didn't say anything publicly Sunday, including on Twitter.

"This seems to be the kind of thing that's going to accelerate Trump's declining popularity, and that's what it will take for Republicans to oppose him", said Noel. It was August the United States of America-the land of the free and home of the courageous.

Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming "both sides" for deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, more recently, for defending Confederate monuments. He eventually condemned the white supremacists, KKK and neo-Nazis, but backpedaled 24 hours later.

Those comments prompted several business leaders on two key economic councils to resign. Or Klansmen, or terrorists.

"These constant tangents create distractions; they force our members to talk about statues and Nazis instead of tax reform", the source said.

"Such a disgusting lie", Trump said of Graham's remarks. "What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority".

"Many talk about their reluctance to bolt on their friends and colleagues who are fighting the good fight to force better Trump behavior/decisions", the report also noted.

A YouGov poll from early August suggests that 18% of Americans "strongly approve" of how Donald Trump is handling the role of president. And then we won't need his staff anymore, either.

"He also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation".

Trump in a Thursday tweet called them "our lovely statues and monuments" and said "you can't change history, but you can learn from it".

The long-running debate over whether the Confederate flag should be flown over the South Carolina State House arose again after nine people were fatally shot in the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in a racially charged killing.

Sen. Tim Scott of SC said Trump's "moral authority is compromised".

In Sun City, Arizona, a retirement community and Trump stronghold north of Phoenix, 80-year-old John Libby said nothing the president has done since Election Day has changed his support for the man.

"President Trump, by asking, "Where does this all end" - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln - connects with the American people about their history, culture and traditions", Bannon said. For the sake of our nation - as our President - please fix this. "History is watching us all".

"There is blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it", Trump declared angrily, in a freewheeling, impromptu press conference Tuesday.

"Disgracefully, today Trump was not the Commander-in-Chief but the Alt-Right-Apologist-in-chief", Booker said.

Trump blamed the violence on "many sides" of the Charlottesville conflict during a statement given from his suburban New Jersey golf club on Saturday.

Other Republicans, including the most powerful in Congress, have been making strong statements on Charlottesville and racism, but few have been mentioning Trump himself.

President Trump's instincts aren't serving him well on this issue.

Mitch Ceasar, former Florida Democratic State Party Chair, and Amy Tarkanian, former Nevada GOP Chair joined RT America's Ed Schultz for a debate on the continued viability of Trump's presidency.

This isn't the first time Corker has expressed frustration with the president and his administration.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pledged on Friday to use "every avenue" to challenge President Donald Trump after three House Democrats filed a resolution condemning how the president responded to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va.

"The whole scenario is highly unlikely, and even if we were to see a check-off-the-box effort I think it would have very thin credibility".

With dismay, I sat and watched as the country became more and more torn apart, and the moral compass of the U.S. was swinging from one pole to another.

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