Haley: 'We all have a responsibility to stand up and condemn' hate

Haley: 'We all have a responsibility to stand up and condemn' hate
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United Nations Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyDems face close polls in must-win Virginia Watchdog: Haley violated federal law by retweeting Trump endorsement Why Trump will not allow the Iran deal to stand MORE called on her staff this week to condemn and "isolate" hate groups, days after the violent white nationalist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va.,  

In an email to staff at the United States mission to the U.N. Thursday, Haley, a former South Carolina governor, said the Charlottesville "took me back to sad days dealing with the Charleston tragedy in 2015" – a reference to the deadly shooting at an African-American Church in Charleston, S.C. that killed nine people dead.

A copy of the email was viewed by Reuters.

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"Those who march spewing hate are few, but loud. We must denounce them at every turn, and make them feel like they are on an island and isolate them the same way they wish to isolate others," Haley wrote in the email. 

The message made no reference to President Trump, who has faced intense criticism in recent days after he blamed "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville and equated white nationalists and counterprotesters opposing them.

"People aren't born with hate. We all have a responsibility to stand up and condemn it," Haley's email said, according to Reuters.

Both Republicans and Democrats have accused the president of not taking a harder line against racist groups. 

The Charlottesville demonstrations also reignited a national debate over Confederate statues and symbols, which Trump has defended as necessary to preserving history and southern heritage.

Haley, a Republican, was instrumental in pushing for the Confederate flag removed from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse in 2015.

"This flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state," Haley said at the time.

The U.N. ambassador isn't the first Trump administration official to condemn hate groups amid the public furor over the president's remarks. Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump relationship with Tillerson has been tense for months: report Bill O'Reilly: With Trump, Tillerson coverage, the media takes us all for 'morons' Overnight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad MORE declared on Friday that "racism is evil." Top military officials have also come out against hate groups in recent days.