Corey Stewart, a Virginia Republican running for Senate next year, said politicians and the media didn't focus at all on violence perpetrated by left wing people counter-protesting a white supremacist rally.
"You hear all this condemnation of neo-Nazis and all the people that came out there, and they should have been condemned," Stewart said in a video on Facebook Sunday. "There are a whole lot of left-wing agitators that went down there. When we are condemning, let's condemn both sides."
The statement is similar to the one from President Trump issued yesterday where he condemned violence "on many sides" and refused to denounce white supremacists. The White House later sent out a statement saying Trump condemns violence from white supremacist, neo-Nazi and extremist groups.
After the rally was cancelled on Saturday, a car drove into a group of people protesting the white supremacists. The attack left one dead and 19 injured.
James Alex Fields, 20, is charged with second-degree murder, along with several other charges, in relation to the incident.
The "Unite the Right" rally was organized by white supremacist groups in response to the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Stewart gained traction in the Virginia Republican gubernatorial primary earlier this year by decrying the removal of Confederate monuments throughout the state. He narrowly lost the nomination to Ed Gillespie for the fall 2017 race.
Stewart now is challenging Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in 2018.