While one conservative leader – Trump – has completely and utterly failed in his duty to condemn white supremacists following last weekend’s horrific events in Charlottesville, other prominent figures within the Republican Party have stepped up.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney minced no words in a brief yet poignant tweet attacking Trump’s moral equivocating.
No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 16, 2017
John McCain also took aim at Trump’s bizarre comparison of neo-Nazis and KKK members on one side, and anti-racist activists on the other.
There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 16, 2017
George Bush and George W. Bush issued a joint statement that sought to place opposition to white supremacy and bigotry firmly within American values:
America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all its forms. As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable right. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.