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Republican senator Graham says Trump's race remarks dividing US

March 23 2018, 01:32 | Irvin Gilbert

Republican senator Graham says Trump's race remarks dividing US

Several politicians including U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren R-Plano used social media to state their repudiation of Trump’s statements.
“Racism and violence are morally wrong and should be unequivocally condemned at the highest levels of our country,”

President Donald Trump fired off a string of tweets on Thursday morning, invoking the name of the murdered Charlottesville protester while bragging about winning the 2016 Republican primary.

Democrats are already looking to formally censure Trump - or at least force Republicans to debate the measure - and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., said Thursday he plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump. He was referring to Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed when she was struck by a vehicle driven into the crowd.

"I think there is blame on both sides", the president said at an August 15, 2017, press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

The weekend violence at the Virginia college town has inflamed racial tensions nationwide and renewed concerns over hate groups after Trump blamed both anti-racism activists and white nationalists.

Both senators have publicly called on Trump to issue a more emphatic statement rejecting white nationalism amid the continuing backlash over his equivocal response to the clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump then invoked Heyer's name to remind Graham, an opponent to Trump in the 2016 Republican primary race, that he won the senator's home state of SC.

Graham responded a short time later in a statement of his own.

Although the two men have been at odds for much of Trump's presidency, Graham's remarks during a CNN interview August 16 began the Twitter feud between the two Republicans.

Although Trump's press conference was watched and reported on by countless news outlets, he then claimed that the media is not reporting exactly what he said. The senator accused the president on Wednesday of drawing a "moral equivalency" between the white supremacists ralliers and the anti-racist counterprotesters.

"Your tweet honoring Miss Heyer was very nice and appropriate". Such a disgusting lie.

Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, was pleased with the President's words and took to Twitter following Trump's comments Tuesday to thank him for his "honesty and courage".

"For the sake of our Nation - as our President - please fix this", he continued. "The people of SC will remember".

"History is watching us all", added Graham, who has been one of the few Republican lawmakers to directly denounce Trump's equivocation earlier this week between white supremacists and those who were protesting them in Charlottesville.

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