Mitch McConnell joins John Kasich in Republican attack on Trump saying ‘there are no good neo-Nazis’ after Ohio governor called president ‘pathetic’

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

Republicans are condemning remarks President Trump made Tuesday about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia
On Wednesday morning, Ohio Gov. John Kasich called the situation ‘pathetic’ adding that it was ‘terrible’ President Trump didn’t condemn hate groups
At his Trump Tower press conference, Trump split the blame between neo-Nazis and ‘alt-left’ counter-protesters for violence that turned deadly
Trump claimed there were some ‘fine people’ mixed in among the white nationalists who rallied in Charlottesville
‘We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-nazis,’ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday
Republicans lawmakers including Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen all spoke out against Trump

16 August 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has weighed in on the weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, castigating Donald Trump without naming him.

‘We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-nazis,’ McConnell said in a statement.

The choice of words, while careful, appeared to push back against Trump’s claim on Tuesday that some ‘very fine people’ were among a crowd of white supremacists who rallied in the college town.

McConnell’s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, stood next to Trump on Tuesday as he insisted both sides of the weekend’s clash bore some responsibility for the violence that led to one death and nearly two dozen injuries.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich tore into Trump earlier in the morning.

‘Pathetic, isn’t it just pathetic?’ Kasich said kicking off a ‘Today’ show appearance Wednesday morning.

Several Republicans turned on President Donald Trump after he said Tuesday that neo-Nazis and ‘alt-left’ liberal extremists shared responsibility for violence that turned deadly over the weekend in Virginia when a white nationalist ran over a woman with his car.

Kasich, who reminded the audience that he never endorsed Trump during last year’s campaign, said he worried Trump’s false equivalency would lead to the bullying of Jewish and African-Americans kids in the schools.

‘And to not condemn these people who went there to carry out violence and to somehow draw some kind of equivalency to somebody else reduces the ability to totally condemn these hate groups,’ Kasich warned.

‘It’s terrible, it’s just terrible,’ he continued. ‘The president of the United States needs to condemn these kinds of hate groups,’ he said, adding that it’s ‘not about winning an argument.’

‘You see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and the baseball bats,’ Trump said in New York, describing hooded counter-protesters who came to Charlottesville to disrupt a white nationalist march.

‘What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right?’ he challenged reporters on Tuesday. ‘Do they have any semblance of guilt?’

The president also said ‘I do think there’s blame on both sides’ and that there were ‘very fine people’ in the crowd that had ‘a permit’ to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee.

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