Graham: Trump must do more to distance himself from white supremacists

Graham: Trump must do more to distance himself from white supremacists

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday said President Trump needs to do more to distance himself from white supremacists who support his presidency.

“I would urge the president to dissuade these groups that he’s their friend,” Graham told “Fox News Sunday.”

“I like President Trump. It’s up to him to correct the record here, not me,” Graham later added.

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Graham’s remarks came one day after a vehicle mowed down a crowd of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., leaving one person dead and multiple others injured.

Graham called the incident “an act of domestic terrorism” and said he is “glad” members of the alt-right do not view him as their friend.

“We need more from our president on this issue,” Graham said of the white nationalists who gathered in Charlottesville over the weekend.

Republican lawmakers on Saturday urged the president to more explicitly condemn the white supremacists after Trump issued a statement denouncing the bigotry, but attributing blame to “many sides.”