Multiple Republican senators called the car crash in Charlottesville, Va., that left one dead Saturday an incident of domestic terrorism and at least one criticized President Trump for not doing the same.
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner called out Trump for saying "many sides" are responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, Va., that left one dead and 19 injured after a car drove into a crowd.
Gardner, R-Colo., tweeted Trump should call out what happened and who was responsible by name instead of hiding behind rhetoric that makes the victims seem responsible.
"Praying for those hurt & killed today in Charlottesville. This is nothing short of domestic terrorism & should be named as such," Gardner tweeted.
"Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism."
Praying for those hurt & killed today in Charlottesville. This is nothing short of domestic terrorism & should be named as such.— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017
Trump said at a bill signing Saturday afternoon that he condemned "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on display on many sides, on many sides."
That garnered criticism from many of the president's detractors for his unwillingness to criticize white supremacists who support him. Trump ignored several questions yelled to him by reporters asking his white supremacist support.
When asked the clarify Trump's remarks, the White House told NBC's Hallie Jackson in a statement, "The president was condemning hatred, bigotry, and violence from all sources and all sides. There was violence between protesters and counter-protesters today."
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley also criticized the white supremacists for their violent tactics and the car crash, which police have not ruled as intentional yet.
"What 'WhiteNatjonalist (sic)' are doing in Charlottesville is homegrown terrorism that can't be tolerated anymore," he tweeted.
What " WhiteNatjonalist" are doing in Charlottesville is homegrown terrorism that can't be tolerated anymore that what Any extremist does— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) August 12, 2017
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said it's important for the nation to hear Trump call the white supremacists at the rally white supremacists.
"Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists," Rubio tweeted.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, tweeted Nazis need to be called out by name to be challenged.
"We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home," he said.
We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said everyone must speak out against "domestic terror."
"Domestic terror in #Charlottesville must be condemned by every.single.one.of.us. Otherwise hate is simply emboldened," he tweeted.