Over the past twelve days, nine Senators, fourteen Members of Congress, and eight former and current Governors have denounced Donald Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville.
But not Ed Gillespie.
For nearly two weeks, Gillespie has repeatedly refused to speak out against President Trump’s defense of the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville. And while Gillespie refuses to weigh in, the President continues to stand by his vile “both sides” and “fine people" comments. In an unhinged speech last night in Phoenix, Trump once again tried to defend his handling of the Charlottesville violence. The question for the Republican gubernatorial nominee is: does he agree with President Trump — or the people of Virginia?
By K.K. Rebecca Lai, Alicia Parlapiano, Jugal K. Patel and Adam Pearce
Dozens of Republican lawmakers, as well as business and community leaders, have distanced themselves from President Trump since his comments on the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, after which he blamed “many sides” for an outbreak of violence.