Bernie Sanders: Trump’s Charlottesville comments ‘embarrassing’
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump has declared war on our climate — we won’t let him win Stock slide bites boastful Trump, but rising wages great for GOP Millions should march on DC to defeat Trump Republicans MORE (I-Vt.) on Tuesday slammed President Trump's claim that both sides were to blame for violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., calling those remarks "embarrassing."

Sanders said Trump was "embarrassing our country and the millions of Americans who fought and died to defeat Nazism," in a tweet.

Trump in a press conference on Tuesday doubled down on his claim that there was "blame on both sides" for the deadly violence in Charlottesville.

White supremacists held a rally there over the weekend. And on Saturday, a man allegedly drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one woman and injuring 19 others.

Trump said the "alt-left" was as responsible for the violence, claiming they attacked protesters who had a permit to gather.

A number of left-wing groups identifying as "antifa" or "anti-fascists" protested the "Unite the Right" rally held by white nationalists. 

Sanders in another tweet said the violence "was not caused by the 'alt-left,' " and that the blame lay solely with "Neo-Nazis and white supremacists." 

Trump's comments Tuesday drew criticism from lawmakers of both parties. House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 House passes stopgap spending measure with defense money MORE (R-Wis.) tweeted "We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive."