Richmond, Va. — Donald Trump meant what he said the first time. And Ed Gillespie never criticized it.
This afternoon,Trump doubled down on his insane defense of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, which led to the murder of Heather Heyer — and repeated his horrific whitewashing of the racist violence on Saturday by putting the blame on “both sides.” Trump went on to defend the protesters chanting “blood and soil” on Friday night, saying that they did it “very quietly.”
The question now is: what will it take for Ed Gillespie to speak out against the President? The President has now twice uttered an ugly and hateful defense of the white supremacists in Charlottesville. And Gillespie has remained completely silent. If Gillespie refuses to stand up to Trump now, how can he ever be expected to stand up for Virginians as their governor?
“Ed Gillespie’s refusal to condemn Donald Trump’s reaction at any point to the tragedies in Charlottesville is a moral outrage and an act of political cowardice,” said DPVA spokesperson Kevin Donohoe. “Gillespie must decide whose side he is on: Donald Trump’s or the people of Virginia. What is it going to take for Gillespie to finally denounce Donald Trump? How low will the President have to go to get Ed Gillespie to break with him?”