"Both Bush presidents unite to condemn 'racial bigotry" amid Trump backlash


Senator Marco Rubio said the organizers of the white supremacist march "are adherents of an evil ideology which argues certain people are inferior because of race, ethnicity or nation of origin". "There can be no moral ambiguity".

I know what that "side" is capable of.

"You had a group on one side that was bad".

The fallout from the president's comments - in which he claimed that there were "very fine people on both sides" - has included strongly worded rebukes from an increasingly lengthy list of prominent Republicans and Democrats.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right?" 'Do they have any semblance of guilt?'

Both former presidents had remained silent and stayed on the sidelines throughout the first year of Trump's presidency. He said "hearing these marchers" is "pathetic".

The Bushes' joint statement comes amid backlash from remarks President Trump delivered on the weekend protests on Tuesday.

The statement went on to condemn racism, stating that "we are created equal".

However, the two former presidents did not mention Mr Trump by name.

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But many others strongly condemned the comments.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said "there was no equivalence between those with fascist views and those who oppose them".

Of the reactions of some 55 Republican and Democrat politicians collected by the Washington Post, only the spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, Kayleigh McEnany, expressed her support.

Sen. John McCain, whom Trump called out at the news conference for not voting for the GOP health care bill, tweeted, "There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry".

On Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who lost to Trump in the Republican presidential primary, went slightly farther than his father and brother with a statement directly calling on the president to heal the country after Charlottesville, rather than equivocate over who was to blame for the violence.

The statement, and one by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, did not specifically address remarks by Trump where the president showed sympathy for fringe groups' efforts to preserve Confederate monuments.

This tweet became the most "liked" in the history of the social network with 3.4 million "likes" Wednesday.

Former President Barack Obama in a tweet that has gone globally viral, simply shared a quote from Nelson Mandela denouncing the rally.

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