Republican Jewish Coalition Asks Trump to 'Provide Moral Clarity' Against Far-right

Contradicting Trump's assertion in his latest press conference, coalition says, 'There are no good Nazis'

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands behind a crowd of hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017.
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The Republican Jewish Coalition, an organization which strongly supported U.S. President Donald Trump during the last election and has received massive donations from Sheldon Adelson, called on the president to "provide greater moral clarity" in rejecting the far-right and neo-Nazi groups.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the organization said, "The Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists are dangerous anti-Semites." In a direct contradiction of Trump's statement on Tuesday, the organization said, "There are no good Nazis and no good members of the Klan."

Addressing the press in New York on Tuesday, the president seemingly drew a moral equivalence between nationalist right-wing protestors

 in Charlottesville and those that were attacked by them over the weekend. According to Trump, protesters on the political left violently attacked the white nationalists and "both sides" played a role in the violence. 

The RJC's statement ended by saying that "as representatives of the party whose founder, Abraham Lincoln, broke the shackles of slavery, and of an organization with many members who experienced firsthand the inhumanity of the Nazi Holocaust,  we state unequivocally our rejection of these hatemongers."

This is not the first time that the RJC, despite its strong support of Trump, has criticized him for problematic remarks. The organization also came out against the White House for omitting any reference to the Jewish people from its statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January.