Trump rapped for false equivalency in Charlottesville violence; even Tom Cotton speaks up | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trump rapped for false equivalency in Charlottesville violence; even Tom Cotton speaks up

Posted By on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Even Republicans are criticizing Donald Trump for suggesting equivalency between white supremacists and counter-protestors in events Friday and Saturday in Charlottesville, where one person was killed and 19 injured by a car that plowed into those opposing the racist demonstrations.

During a brief and uncomfortable address to reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., he called for an end to the violence. But he was the only national political figure to spread blame for the “hatred, bigotry and violence” that resulted in the death of one person to “many sides.”

For the most part, Republican leaders and other allies have kept quiet over several months about Mr. Trump’s outbursts and angry Twitter posts. But recently they have stopped averting their gazes and on Saturday a handful criticized his reaction to Charlottesville as insufficient.

“Mr. President — we must call evil by its name,” tweeted Senator Cory Gardner, Republican from Colorado, who oversees the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm of the Senate Republicans.
As we noted yesterday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson alone among Arkansas Republicans on Saturday called down the white nationalists who mounted the protest of removal of Confederate symbols in march that featured torches, men dressed in military gear carrhing weapons, Confederate flags, Nazi symbolism and anti-immigrant rhetoric. Early reports suggest the man who drove a car into peaceful counter-demonstrators shared the views of those organizing the march. It's the type of act Trump has called terroris when it has happened in Europe.

Trump's suggestion of equivalency was rejected by many in his party. Some examples:

Closer to home, here are two contrasting Twitter posts. The first from a progressive Republican candidate for Third District Congress, the second from a Republican state senator from Mountain View.

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Finally, it took Sen. Tom Cotton, on one of his foreign junkets, until Sunday morning to muster a comment, but he did join those criticizing white supremacists. (The post follows recent Twitter activity in support of his draconian anti-immigration legislation that would generally allow admittance of only highly educated, highly paid people with financial resources to enter the country.

And,around midday today, Rep. French HIll was heard from:

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