GOP Unites behind Trump after Charlottesville

by Scott Wong
August 15, 2017

Republicans in Washington are largely standing by President Trump despite discomfort with his response to the violent and deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va.

Although they are openly questioning why it took Trump 48 hours to forcefully denounce the KKK members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who turned a quiet, peaceful college town into a deadly war zone, they say they don’t think the president is a racist and that they are ready to work with him on policy.

“I don’t think the president is some sort of closet racist who’s deliberately stirring up the devils of our nature,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a veteran lawmaker and former member of leadership, told The Hill.

“Because of the nature of the attack, he should have been more specific. Within 48 hours, he was,” Cole added. “Probably he missed an opportunity, but we’re all singing from the same song book now, and that’s a good thing.”

20 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Janis Love says:

    We can’t denounce one evil group, we have to denounce all. There’s more to this story, but the media only wants you to hear their version. The guy that ran over people, that in itself is one issue that has to be looked at individually. The other actions that day were contributed to all groups, not one.

  • Stephen Howe says:

    SO SORRY! “Supremacists” were attacked by antifas! And the police sat on their hands.

    1. Bob says:

      The Police had a plan. Unfortunately, no “Plan B” for when one group entered the park from the wrong entrance. (Imagine, groups of radical a-holes who can’t follow directions) The department, more used to dealing with college kids than these groups. Not making excuses, just stating facts. The Governor should have thought ahead and had the National Guard ready, at lest on alert, to assist, but that didn’t happen either.

  • rockcut says:

    Defending Trump is an act of ignorance Walter flatt.

    1. Stephen Howe says:

      Trump will be remembered as the greatest president of my lifetime since Eisenhower. Obama will be in a cell next to Hillary.

      1. rockcut says:

        Thanks for sharing your ignorance with me. Trump represents are the bad angels of the soul period !

        1. Stephen Howe says:

          You must be confusing Trump with that lying half-breed…er…bi-racial President?

          1. rockcut says:

            Stephen,

            You did not have to repeat your ignorance in your reply to me. Please no more.

          2. dennis w says:

            you’re an IDIOT……..
            CRAWL BACK UNDER YOUR ROCK…….!!!!!!!

          3. rockcut says:

            Dennis,
            You are such a good name calling. You use the weapons of a child.

          4. goldie says:

            We all know you have to use the weapons a child understands when you’re dealing with someone who has the mentality of one. Don’t waste your time on rockhead.

    2. chw2000 says:

      I see that when someone disagrees with you they’re “ignorant”. Well rockcut, that’s not how this country works. You talk loud and clear about your disdain for “hate groups” and yet you and your ilk are the very ones rioting, tipping over police cars, burning buildings when you don’t get your way. You want all Confederate statues taken down and destroyed because they are offensive. Well, hot shot, your tactics are the same tactics ISIS has been using in the ME. If it offends you, you have a right to destroy it. You take no responsibility for your actions because you’re liberal ideals are what everyone else should follow. It doesn’t work that way cupcake. Grow up!

      1. Bob says:

        To the liberal mindset, speech is only free if they agree with it. A “riot” is when the right does it, otherwise it’s a “peaceful protest”. And just because you bring shield, helmets and gas masks does not mean you are looking for trouble. That the Racists on the right had a permit to peacefully protest does not matter to them as the left has the “right” to their anger and the “right” to attack any who say differently. I disagree whole heartedly with the message of hate the Klan and Nazi’s were spouting, but will defend their right to say it, as I will the right of racists on the left to spout their nonsense. I do not differentiate an a-hole in Klan Robes from a BLM a-hole shouting them down. Both are the epitome of pure hate. To not call out their actions would be to ignore their facts of their actions.

      2. rockcut says:

        First, when I say ignorant, I am referring to the content that is posted. I am not rioting, tipping over police cares, burning buildings and never have. I find these actions totally wrong. I suggest first you do not assume and then go talk to those that are doing those things ! Yes, I do support the removal of Confederate Statuses. They are symbols of hate and racism. They were erected to honor those who withdrew from our Country and wanted to tear it apart and to keep human beings as slaves. I stand totally against honoring this! Your ISIS comment is misplaced. Or, should I say it more directly, ignorant. I defended this great country for 22 years so you would be the last one to tell me to grow up. I would suggest you look in the mirror !

        1. chw2000 says:

          Thank you for your service. I also defended this country ’66-72. My ISIS comment is NOT misplaced. It is absolutely correct. If you’re offended, tear it down, blow it up or burn it. That’s exactly the mind set of those so offended by those statues. The Civil war was fought because the Aouth didn’t want to submit to Federal policy. In short, separation of power. The South felt they should be able to govern themselves. Much the same as “sanctuary cities” today. The issue of slavery was the “cause” Lincoln USED to Unite the North. I would suspect that you would find any statue offensive including Washington and Jackson. Again, grow up. Those statues represent a part of the History of the United States. It is what it is and tearing them down does not change anything. To bad you didn’t get an education while serving your 22 years. Perhaps you’d have a better understanding of people and history.

          1. rockcut says:

            Let me start with this: I do not mind exchanging various views in a dialog. However, your off handed insults of “grow up” and telling me I did not get an education and nothing to your point of view. As an aside, I earned two degrees while I was in the Military. Now that I put your comments in context let me address your points: Lets keep it simple, The South withdrew from the union and wanted to destroy the United States. You cannot get around it no matter how you want to dress it up with your separation of power claim or your Sanctuary cities claim. Check the Confederate history of why the statues were erected far after the war during the crushing of civil rights of the blacks in the south, both in the early 1900’s and the 1960’s. Yes, shift the issue of slavery to Lincoln by all means but no matter what you want to say why the South withdrew from the Union, the purpose of there fight was to preserve a way of life that included having Whites enslave Blacks. Yes, I agree the statues do represent a part of our history.They represent symbols of trying to destroy our Union and to keep human beings slaves and I find that offensive. Taking them down does change something, it shows we have progressed to a point in our American History where we do no honor symbols of the past oppression and all the hate that Slavery brought to our Country !

          2. chw2000 says:

            I’m sure you’ll feel the same when the Vietnamese population reaches a point or political power where they can demand the removal of the Vietnam war memorial. You and I will never see that but your philosophy would indicate that there should be no memorial to anyone or anything pertaining to war. It’s obvious that you do have an education and serving in the military for 22 years, yes, you are grown up. However, you where never part of the culture of the South that installed those statues to honor AMERICANS that to them where heroic in their conviction. You, like all that oppose anything, believe you’re right and anyone that disagrees is wrong. Well rockcut, I disagree with you and will continue to disagree with you. We are today what we are because of the events of the past. Those events need to kept in view and not torn down or placed in storage. Apparently you have some “hate that Slavery brought to our country”. Slavery ended 152 years ago and those Statues are only a reminder to those that choose to make them that. As for progressing, we have NOT! As long as people are identified by the color of their skin or their ethnic background, there will always be racism. Ask your liberal journalist why it is necessary to identify shooting victims by their skin color. When G. Zimmerman shot a black “kid” in Florida it was immediately reported that a WHITE man shot and killed a BLACK teen ager. The sole purpose is to incite the very hate that you seem to be so against. And yet, I doubt you would be willing to eliminate the race issue. It just doesn’t have the same “punch” when reporting that a teenage boy was shot and killed by a community watch activist. Does it?

          3. chw2000 says:

            Also, you mind find it interesting to note that all Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines where made U S Veterans by an act of Congress in 1957. US Public Law 85-425. Sec 410, approved 23 May 1958.
            Also, under Public Law 810, approved by Congress 26 Feb 1929, the war department was directed to erect headstones and recognize Confederate grave sites as U.S. War grave sites.
            So, when a statue of a Confederate soldier is torn down or removed, it is the same as destroying or removing any other U.S. veteran grave site of statue. But then, I guess you’re ok with that since you’re offended.

  • Walter Flatt says:

    THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT WOULD TALK TRUMP DOWN IF HE WENT TO THE BATHROOM TWICE A DAY. HE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT AND IF I WAS HIM, I WOULD CUT SOME NEWS PEOPLE OUT COMPETLY.

    PRAY FOR TRUMP AND SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU CAN. I HAVE VERIFED THE CAMPS, IF YOU DONT BELIEVE, GOOGLE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TERROR CAMPS OF THE USA. WHAT THEY WONT DO TO COVE THIS UP. PRAY FOR AMERICA.

    FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, A KOREAN WAR VET, AND A CHRISTIAN. I AM AN AMERICAN AND PROUDLY, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. I AM 86 AND HAVE NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON TO BE PRESIDENT.

    TRUMP NEEDS TO FIRE EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE DEMOCRATS AND REALLY INVESTIGATE THE REAL MUSLIM PROBLEM WE ARE FACING.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212 WAS PASSED IN 1952 AND THIS LAW SHOULD BE ENFORCED. IT BANS ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO DESTROY US, THAT INCLUDE ALL MUSLIMS.

    5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON, A MINIMUM OF 31 MORE CLOSE TO MILITARY BASES, AND A FEMA CAMP, (SOME STATES MORE), IN EVERY STATE. BUILT WITH TAX PAYER $. TO HOUSE MUSLIMS???

    READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE. IF THE CAMPS IN N. VA. ARE TO TAKE DC. WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA, AND ALL HIS APPOINTEES, HILLIARY, KERRY, FORMER HEAD OF CIA AND FBI, SEVERAL SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES AND THE NEWS MEDIA, HAVE SET US UP FOR OBAMS TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY THE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VA. JUST ACROSS THE LINE FROM DC???????

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

    WHY ARE ALL MUSLIM CAMPS CLOSE TO OUR MILITARY BASES?

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

    THIS COUNTRY HAD BETTER WAKE UP QUICK.

    1. Son Shine says:

      You said it!!! Yesterday was too late. Wake-up you politically insane people. I’m speaking to the Republican that have been in office too long. It’s your fault. We elected you to honor our Constitution and keep AMERICA America, but what have you done let the ones that hate AMERICA destroy America and YOU DID it. You will be voted out next election. Rise up those of you that LOVE AMERICA and OUR CONSTITUTION
      and run against the Republican that are in. BURR why didn’t you do something and TILLIS you are an AMERICAN hater. YES I’M a NC born, God loving Erican and hate what you two have let happen. You have destroyed our country by letting evil win. God bless America and God Bless a man that loves and wants AMERICA back President Donald Trump. All of the hate that is going on is not AMERICA it’s what our elected Political enemies do to us. Lord drive them out IJNA

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