Republican Sen. Jerry Moran rebuked President Trump in personal terms on Tuesday after Trump again blamed "many sides" for violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., organized by white nationalist groups.
"White supremacy, bigotry and racism have absolutely no place in our society, and no one — especially the president of the United States — should ever tolerate it," Moran, R-Kansas, said in a statement. "We must all come together as a country and denounce this hatred to the fullest extent."
Moran's comment contrasts with other Republicans, including members of House leadership, who issued statements condemning white supremacist groups but not going so far to call out Trump by name.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., all released statements Tuesday saying political leaders should be clear in condemning bigotry and racism, but none singled out Trump for failing to do so.
Trump told reporters at Trump Tower on Tuesday that "there is blame on both sides" for violent protests in Charlottesville this past weekend organized by white nationalist groups, reverting to his original position on the matter.
Under political pressure, Trump on Monday singled out "KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups" for condemnation, after neglecting to name the groups in his initial statement on Saturday.
On Tuesday, Trump said the media has not sufficiently criticized "alt-left" groups that also participated in the Charlottesville rally.
He said there are "fine people" on both sides, along with some "bad people."