Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds 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.
.@realDonaldTrump, you are embarrassing our country and the millions of Americans who fought and died to defeat Nazism.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 15, 2017
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."
The violence in Charlottesville was not caused by the "alt-left," (whatever that may be). It was caused by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 15, 2017
Trump's comments Tuesday drew criticism from lawmakers of both parties. House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.) tweeted "We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive."
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