By now, you’ve definitely seen President Trump’s completely unhinged rant in which he, uh, defends neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Yes, it was disturbing, but don’t worry: these brave Republicans are here to kind of sort of call out Donald Trump without directly saying his name for fear of political reprisal. Who said politicians can’t be courageous?
We can't accept excuses for white supremacy & acts of domestic terrorism. We must condemn. Period.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 15, 2017
Senator, thank you. Who are you talking about, specifically, by the way?
When it comes to white supremacists & neo-nazis, there can be no equivocating: they’re propagators of hate and bigotry. Period.
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) August 15, 2017
Good start. Think you might be missing something, though.
I was clear about this bigotry & violence over the weekend and I'll repeat it today: We must defeat white supremacy and all forms of hatred. https://t.co/iOaVvE8txs
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 15, 2017
Wow. Hey, do you think there’s some high-level political figure you could be directing this sort of message towards?
This is simple: we must condemn and marginalize white supremacist groups, not encourage and embolden them.
— Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) August 15, 2017
Agreed, Todd. Maybe let the president know?
We must speak out clearly against the hatred, racism and white supremacists who descended upon #Charlottesville.
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) August 15, 2017
I think you can be just a little bit clearer, Rob.
Saturday's violence and tragic loss of life was a direct consequence of the hateful rhetoric & action from white supremacists demonstrating.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 15, 2017
Just curious: where do you think some of that rhetoric comes from?
The violence in Charlottesville was caused by racists & hate groups. We must unite against them.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) August 15, 2017
Sure thing! You probably want to let your boss know first, though.
We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 15, 2017
Speaker Ryan, powerful words. Also you’re missing a name… can’t quite put my finger on it.