Update: Sen. Dan Sullivan has also weighed in on Trump’s comments in a Facebook post saying “Anything less than complete and unambiguous condemnation of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK by the president of the United States is unacceptable. Period.”
Alaska’s U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski took to Twitter Wednesday night to condemn President Donald Trump’s incendiary press conference where he blamed “both sides” for violence—including the murder of one protester—during white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, Virginia.
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) August 17, 2017
Trump was slow to condemn the violence over the weekend, or even name racism, white supremacy or neo-Nazis in his initial statement. He would later explicitly name those groups while reading a prepared statement. On Tuesday, however, he returned to the press where in a free-wheeling statement that stunned many Republicans and Democrats for seeming to defend racist protest groups.
“What the President said yesterday was wrong,” Murkowski wrote.
Trump returned to Twitter this morning to say he was “sad” over the removal of “our beautiful statutes.”
“There is no moral equivalence between those who are inciting hate and division and those who took to the streets to make it clear that those views are unacceptable,” Murkowski wrote on Twitter. “Every one of us must stand against hatred, bigotry, and violence, in both our words and our actions. We all have the responsibility to unite and heal our country.”
Murkowski’s strong rebuke of the President Donald Trump’s words come after Alaska’s congressional delegation already condemned the violence over the weekend, as reported by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
“I am appalled by the news coming out of Charlottesville. We are a nation of one, united, committed to freedom and equality,” Murkowski said in a written statement. “Hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry are not welcome in America, and will not be condoned.”
Sullivan described the events of the weekend as “deeply troubling” in a tweet Saturday.
“The sight of white supremacists and neo-Nazis marching in an American city — or anywhere for that matter — is a disgrace,” Sullivan said in a longer statement. “Their hateful ideology, which seeks to undermine the dignity of people based on their race, is antithetical to American ideals and values.”