Politicians react on Twitter to Charlottesville violence


In response to the violent protests and riots in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, including a vehicle attack by a Ohio man that killed one woman and injured 19 others, many political leaders from both the right and the left have responded with statements on Twitter.

Below is a sampling:

GOP Senator Ted Cruz tweeted out a statement, saying, “I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.”

Cruz included a prepared statement calling on the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism. Additionally, he stated, “The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate.”

Cruz added, “These bigots want to tear our country apart, but they will fail. America is far better than this. Our Nation was built on fundamental truths, none more central than the proposition ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.'”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated, “The racist & hateful violence in #Charlottesville is un-American & unacceptable. I pray for the victims. Americans must unite & overcome.”

Sen. Marco Rubio chided President Trump for not uttering the words, “White supremacists,” tweeting, “Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists.”

To see former President Obama’s reaction to the days’ violence in Charlottesville, CLICK HERE.

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a scathing statement, attacking President Trump for his comments about the violent attack, tweeting, “As we mourn the victims of this act of terror, we must vow to defeat bigotry, racism & hatred.”

In her prepared statement, Pelosi slammed President Trump, saying, “The President’s talk of violence ‘on many sides’ ignores the shameful reality of white supremacism in our country today, and continues a disturbing pattern of complacency around such acts of hate. As we mourn the victims of this attack, we must vow to together defeat bigotry, racism and hatred, wherever we fine them.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, posted a tweet over today’s violence with a slam on Trump, stating, “Of course we condemn ALL that hate stands for. Until @POTUS condemns alt-right action in Charlottesville, he hasn’t done his job.”

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went after President Trump in a veiled statement of several Twitter posts:

“My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country. But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets. Every minute we allow this to persist through tacit encouragement or inaction is a disgrace, & corrosive to our values. Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions. We will not step backward. If this is not who we are as Americans, let’s prove it.”

Rep. Keith Ellison tweeted out a slam at President Trump, saying, “Want to thank my Republican colleagues like @RepDaveBrat for condemning the KKK and Nazis. Too bad highest leader in the land won’t join him.”

Former President Bill Clinton posted a comment in regards to the violent protests, before the vehicle occured later Saturday afternoon: “Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders also tweeted, saying, “Now more than ever we must stand together against those who threaten our brothers and sisters.”

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffee held a press conference Saturday evening, sending a message to the Nazis to “go home and never come back.”

“I have a message to all the white supremacists and the nazis who came into Charlottesville today… our message is plain and simple: go home! You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that your are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot,” he said.

However, he also got in a slam on President Trump, saying  he told President Trump twice, “I’m willing to work with you if we can work together to bring people together. But stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric in this country, we have got to bring people together.”

President Trump made remarks at a press conference Saturday, condemning the attack “in the strongest terms possible.”

The driver of the vehicle that plowed into the crowd in Charlottesville Saturday, killing one and wounding 19 others, has been identified as James Alex Fields, Jr., a 20-year-od man from Maumee, Ohio. He is in custody and facing charges of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in a death.

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