Following a deadly car-ramming attack and violent clashes between white nationalists and counterprotests at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally on Saturday, a handful of U.S. Senators took to Twitter and other outlets to denounce white supremacy. Others delivered more muffled responses. Out of the 52 Republicans in the Senate, only eight acknowledged the white nationalist character of the rally. How did your senator respond?
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Sen. John McCain of Florida said on Twitter on Saturday, “White supremacists aren’t patriotic, they’re traitors.” Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner tweeted to President Trump, pleading, “we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.” Marco Rubio of Florida also tweeted, “Nothing patriotic about #Nazis, the #KKK, or #WhiteSupremacists It’s the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be.”
The majority of Senate Republicans, however, either denounced general violence, hatred and bigotry or remained silent altogether. Hours after the attack, Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota took to Twitter and congratulated the Sioux Falls baseball team on their win in the Little League World Series. Thirteen Republican senators released no public statement in response to the events.
These Republicans senators denounced white nationalism in Charlottesville
John McCain, Florida, tweeted: “White supremacists aren’t patriots, they’re traitors- Americans must unite against hatred & bigotry #Charlottesville”
Cory Gardner, Colorado, tweeted: “Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism." (Retweeted by Jeff Flake of Arizona)
Marco Rubio, Florida, tweeted: “Nothing patriotic about #Nazis,the #KKK or #WhiteSupremacists It’s the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be. #Charlotesville”
Chuck Grassley, Iowa, tweeted: “What 'WhiteNatjonalist' are doing in Charlottesville is homegrown terrorism that can’t be tolerated anymore that what Any extremist does”
James Lankford, Oklahoma, tweeted: “The supremacy of any race over another is not only immoral, it’s contradictory to our Constitution and the idea of America.”
Orrin Hatch, Utah, tweeted: “My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home." He also gave interviews to the press on the subject.
Rob Portman, Ohio, tweeted: “The tragedy in Charlottesville this afternoon was domestic terrorism. We must all condemn hatred and white nationalism”
These Republicans condemned Charlottesville in general terms of violence, racism, or bigotry
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky, tweeted: “The hate and bigotry witnessed in #Charlottesville does not reflect American values. I wholeheartedly oppose their actions.”
Luther Strange, Alabama, tweeted: “I am deeply saddened by what I saw in Charlottesville today. The violence and despicable attacks are inexcusable.”
John Boozman, Arkansas, tweeted: “The violence & hatred in #Charlottesville is unacceptable. Bigotry has no place in our society. We solve our problems by working together.”
Dan Sullivan, Alaska, tweeted: “What’s going on in #Charlottesville is deeply troubling. We should never tolerate hatred & bigotry.”
Johnny Isakson, Georgia, tweeted: “I strongly condemn the hatred and violence in Charlottesville. This type of of vile bigotry and hate is not what our country stands for.”
David Perdue, Georgia, tweeted: “The violence we’ve witnessed today is not who we are as a country. Our thoughts go out all law enforcement working hard to keep the peace.”
Todd Young, Indiana, tweeted: “The love & compassion I see from Hoosiers daily is stronger than the fringe hatred on display in #Charlottesville. The former will prevail.”
Joni Ernst, Iowa, tweeted: “The violence in #Charlottesville that is fueled by racist hatred has no place in our society. (1/2) plus mention of terrorism”
Pat Roberts, Kansas, tweeted: “The hatred & ignorance displayed by the violent & pathetic group in #charlottsville is unacceptable. Their values are not American values.”
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana, tweeted: “We reject those that preach hate”
John N. Kennedy, Louisiana, tweeted: “Violence and hate are never the answer”
Roy Blunt, Missouri, tweeted: "The hate and violence in #Charlottesville have no place in America"
Steve Daines, Montana, tweeted: "This is bigotry. This is racism. These are views we as the American people should reject."
Deb Fischer, Nebraska, tweeted: "The hatred, violence & racism displayed in Charlottesville, VA have no place in our society. We must show civility & respect to one another."
Ben Sasse, Nebraska, tweeted: "These people are utterly revolting--and have no understanding of America. This creedal nation explicitly rejects "blood & soil" nationalism."
Dean Heller, Nevada, tweeted: "Racism, hatred, and violence as a means to an end is unacceptable and shameful. There's no room for it in this country. #Charlottesville"
Tim Scott, South Carolina, tweeted: "We must stand together to condemn racism & violence. We are the American family, and will not be divided by hate. #Charlottesville"
John Thune, South Dakota, tweeted: “The hate and bigotry occurring in #Charlottesville is disgusting and unnacceptable to the American people. America is better than this.”
Lamar Alexander, Tennessee, tweeted: “The deplorable hatred and violence in Charlottesville today defaces our most cherished values and traditions.”
Bob Corker, Tennessee, tweeted: “We stand united against the violence and hatred in #Charlottesville and pray for the victims of the attacks.”
John Cornyn, Texas, tweeted: “No place for the bigotry & hate-filled violence in #Charlottesville. These actions should be condemned in the strongest possible terms.”
Ted Cruz, Texas, called the attack "domestic terrorism."
Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, tweeted: "The racism, hate and violence seen in #Charlottesville are vile and unacceptable."
Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia, tweeted: “Hate and violence have no place in this country.”
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin, tweeted: "Our hearts break for the loss of life today in Charlottesville. There is no place for such violence."
Thom Tillis, North Carolina, tweeted: "The hate, bigotry and violence on display in #Charlottesville is despicable and represents the complete opposite of what America stands for."
These Republicans were silent
Richard Shelby, Alabama
Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
Tom Cotton, Arkansas
Mike Crapo, Idaho
Jim Risch, Idaho
Jerry Moran, Kansas
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Susan Collins, Main
Thad Cochran, Mississippi
Roger Wicker, Mississippi
Richard Burr, North Carolina
John Hoeven, North Dakota
Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
Mike Rounds, South Dakota
Mike Lee, Utah
Mike Enzi, Wyoming