As law enforcement officers are working to calm the situation in Charlottesville, where a white nationalist rally turned violent, President Trump and GOP leaders are denouncing the violence and hate.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
First Lady Melania Trump also took to Twitter.
Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 12, 2017
Vice President Pence retweeted President Trump, adding that we should oppose those seeking to divide us.
Neither Trump specifically called out the white nationalist views, but Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Orrin Hatch did.
The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017
Their tiki torches may be fueled by citronella but their ideas are fueled by hate, & have no place in civil society. https://t.co/himqTMBQnH— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017
Ohio Gov. John Kasich also commented.
Racism and violence have no place in America. All of us must condemn hate wherever it is found.— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) August 12, 2017
Progressives have been demanding that conservatives denounce the violence and hate, as if conservatives are responsible for the white nationalists' hateful attitudes. Conservative politicians and pundits have nearly unanimously done so - and not because it was a demand from the left - which is something the left ought to take note of.