'They are adherents of an evil ideology': Republican lawmakers slam Trump for blaming 'both sides' for the violence in Charlottesville

Republican lawmakers blasted President Donald Trump on Tuesday afternoon following a wild press conference where Trump doubled down on his claim that the violence at the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally was caused by "many sides." 

"The organizers of events which inspired & led to #charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons," Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted

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We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.
Race-based supremacy movements have no place in our melting pot culture. #Charlottesville
No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.
I haven't seen anything that crazy since Tyson bit Holyfield @realDonaldTrump
As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment. This is not my President.
Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist… https://t.co/7LxWB0FaWi
Let's get real. https://t.co/vM8gJ8lWrc
Good time to re-up https://t.co/RZ24UhKtDw
Mr. President,you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame.They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain 5/6
Our full statement on @POTUS' racist and Antisemitic fright-show news conference just now: https://t.co/EDvKwS2TeJ
President @realDonaldTrump once again denounced hate today. The GOP stands behind his message of love and inclusiveness!
Trump:"George Washington was a slave owner…so will George Washington now lose his status…how about Thomas Jefferson" #Charlottesville
Blaming "both sides" for #Charlottesville?! No. Back to relativism when dealing with KKK, Nazi sympathizers, white supremacists? Just no.
Mr. President, there is only one side: AGAINST white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites & the KKK. They have no place in America or GOP.
The president just erased yesterday's speech and is now back to Saturday's position on Charlottesville. Unbelievable.
"Very fine people" do not participate in rallies with groups chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans and displaying vile symbols of hate.
So, there you have it. Trump defends the Confederacy.
This press conference is a train wreck. Trump is defending the alt-right & Confederate statues. Doubles down & blames "both sides" #Shame
Trump: "What about the alt-left? The alt-left" was responsible for some of the violence in Charlottesville. "Nobody wants to say that."
Trump: Raising wages will help improve race relations. #trump
Takeaways from Trump's comments now: 1. There is blame on both sides 2. He hasn't called the victim's family 3. He owns a very large winery
Trump:"[People protesting white supremacists] came without a permit and attacked that group [white supremacists]. Bad people on both sides."
"We should never hesitate to call out hate. Whenever and wherever we see it." -OGH https://t.co/Zy2YaJwFlV… https://t.co/yncx1VPbER
George Washington is to Robert E. Lee as Barack Obama is to Donald J. Trump
Trump's crime today was not lying enough.
Trump dropped that "George Washington had slaves" reveal like he really had some good tea congrats on passing third grade
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The rally was initially organized to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Civil War general, but quickly grew into a confrontation between the alt-right and "antifa" or anti-fascist groups.

"They are adherents of an evil ideology which argues certain people are inferior because of race, ethnicity or nation of origin," Rubio added. "When entire movement built on anger & hatred towards people different than you, it justifies & ultimately leads to violence against them." 

The Florida senator was specifically referring to the white nationalist groups that organized the protest in Charlottesville on Friday and Saturday. The violence left one counter-protester dead, and many injured. 

"These groups today use SAME symbols & same arguments of #Nazi & #KKK, groups responsible for some of worst crimes against humanity ever," Rubio continued. "Mr. President, you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame. They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain."

"The #WhiteSupremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of blame as a win.We can not allow this old evil to be resurrected," Rubio added.

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Riot police protect members of the Ku Klux Klan from counter-protesters as they arrive to rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Protesters direct obscene gestures towards members of the Ku Klux Klan, who are rallying in support of Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TEMPLATE OUT
Counter-protesters shout at members of the Ku Klux Klan, who are rallying in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TEMPLATE OUT
Members of the Ku Klux Klan face counter-protesters as they rally in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
A counter-protester is detained as members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police detain a counter-protester during the aftermath of a rally by members of the Ku Klux Klan in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Counter-protesters lock arms in the middle of a street as police try to disperse them, after members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police, clergy and free speech observers protect a man wearing a Confederate flag as a cape after he was surrounded by counter-protesters prior to the arrival of members of the Ku Klux Klan to rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Counter-protesters help a man affected by pepper gas as police try to disperse them, after members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police, clergy and free speech observers protect a man wearing a Confederate flag as a cape after he was surrounded by counter-protesters prior to the arrival of members of the Ku Klux Klan to rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Riot police protect members of the Ku Klux Klan from counter-protesters as they arrive to rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TEMPLATE OUT
Counter-protesters lock arms in the middle of a street as police try to disperse them, after members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments, such as the statue of General Stonewall Jackson above them, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Ku Klux Klan, standing near a tomato and and an orange that had been thrown at them by counter-protesters, hold a sign as they rally in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, backed up Rubio's statement.

"We must be clear," Ryan tweeted. "White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity."

"We should call evil by its name," Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, said. "My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home."

Hatch further tweeted an image of the alt-right protestors surrounding the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville with the caption: "We should never hesitate to call out hate. Whenever and wherever we see it."

"This is simple: we must condemn and marginalize white supremacist groups, not encourage and embolden them," Todd Young, the Indiana Republican, said

"There is no moral equivalency to Nazi sympathizers," Gov. John Kasich, an Ohio Republican and Trump's opponent in the 2016 primary said. "There can be no room in America — or the Republican Party — for racism, anti-Semitism, hate or white nationalism. Period."

"The violence in Charlottesville was caused by racists & hate groups," Sen. Susan Collins said. "We must unite against them."

Tim Scott, the only Black Republican serving in the Senate, tweeted out an op-ed he wrote for USA Today on Monday following the events in Charlottesville.

"This weekend’s events involving white supremacist groups are as disturbing and disgusting as they are heartbreaking," Scott wrote. "The attack was a stark reminder of the darkness of hate." 

"We must come together, as we have before, to confront the issues that chip away at the very foundation of who we are and what we stand for as a country."

"We must speak out clearly against the hatred, racism and white supremacists who descended upon #Charlottesville," Sen. Rob Portman said

"'Very fine people' do not participate in rallies with groups chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans and displaying vile symbols of hate," Rep. Justin Amash, the Michigan Republican said

"Blaming "both sides" for #Charlottesville?! No," Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican, tweeted. "Back to relativism when dealing with KKK, Nazi sympathizers, white supremacists? Just no."

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