President Trump on Thursday took to Twitter to slam Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake, as well as the “Fake News Media.”
“Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer,” he said. “Such a disgusting lie. He just can't forget his election trouncing. The people of South Carolina will remember!”
Graham said Wednesday Trump’s response is “dividing Americans” rather than “healing them.”
"Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer," Graham said in the statement. "I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency."
The president then turned his attention to the media.
“The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is. They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!” Trump tweeted.
On Wednesday it was reported that Politico tweaked the transcript from Trump’s statements by writing that Trump said “us” in reference to the white supremacist groups.
Finally, Trump cheered on Sen. Jeff Flake’s primary challenger, Kelli Ward, who’s running against Flake in the 2018 Arizona GOP primary.
“Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He's toxic!” the president said.
Update: Later in the morning Trump went on to lament the destruction of confederate monuments throughout U.S. cities.
"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!" he tweeted.