August 20, 2017 News · Press Releases and Announcements

Day 9: Eric Cantor Has Called Out Donald Trump. Why Won’t Ed Gillespie?


by Prateek Mishra

Day 9: Eric Cantor Has Called Out Donald Trump. Why Won’t Ed Gillespie?

Yesterday, former U.S. House majority leader and Virginia congressman Eric Cantor told the Associated Press that Donald Trump’s handling of Charlottesville  “was a turning point in terms of Republicans being able to say, we’re not even going to get close to that.” Cantor made clear that the President’s comments were “beyond just a distraction” — and should be unequivocally condemned by Republicans.

Cantor’s remarks underscore just how much the Republican Party has united against the President’s defense of white supremacy — and how alarming it is that Ed Gillespie has still refused to condemn Trump.

For nine days, Gillespie has failed to denounce the President’s response to Charlottesville. In an appearance at the Americans for Prosperity summit,  Ed Gillespie once again “did not mention Trump by name during his speech.” Gillespie also avoided an interview with theRichmond Times-Dispatch — showing the extreme lengths he will go to avoid discussing the President’s defense of white supremacists.

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Eric Cantor, the former House majority leader from Virginia, said Republicans signaled this week that Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville protests was “beyond just a distraction.”

“It was a turning point in terms of Republicans being able to say, we’re not even going to get close to that,” Cantor said.

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