Republican Sen. Cory Gardner continued to urge President Trump to be more clear in his condemnations of the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., in which a counter-protester was killed
"This is not a time for vagaries, this isn't a time for innuendo or to allow room to be read between the lines," Garder said, acknowledging his previous statement that Trump had not gone far enough in his reaction to the protests on Saturday.
"This is a time to lay blame: to lay blame on bigotry, to lay blame on white supremacists, on white nationalism, and hatred, and that needs to be said," Gardner continued.
"This president has done an incredible job of naming terrorism around the globe as evil. Radical Islamic terrorism — whether it's in Europe or the Middle East — he has said and called it out time and time again. And this president needs to do exactly that today.
"Call this white supremacism, this white nationalism evil and let the country hear it, let the world hear it. It's something that needs to come from the Oval Office and this White House needs to do it today."
Gardner went further in dismissing claims that such elements were an important part of the base that elected Trump in 2016.
"White nationalists, white supremacists, they're not a part of anybody's base. They're not a part of this country. They're a part of hatred, they're a part of bigotry, they're a part of evil, and we need to stand up to that."
"We don't want them in our base, they shouldn't be in a base, they shouldn't be claimed as part of a base, and it has to be made crystal clear," the senator concluded.