Paul Ryan: 'White supremacy is repulsive'

Paul Ryan: 'White supremacy is repulsive'
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTwitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE (R-Wis.) called white supremacy “repulsive” in a tweet Tuesday just hours after President Trump doubled down on his claim that "many sides" are to blame for violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

“We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity,” Ryan tweeted.



Trump said earlier Tuesday that while he condemned neo-Nazis, others were also to blame for the violence that ultimately led to one death.


“I have condemned neo-Nazis. I have condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” Trump said. “Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee.”

“I am not putting anybody on a moral plane,” Trump said. “You had a group on one side and a group on the other. They came at each other with clubs. It was vicious and horrible. It was a horrible thing to watch."

Trump has continued to receive massive backlash for his comments on violence that broke out at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville this weekend.

Trump drew fire for his initial comments on Saturday in which he blamed “many sides” and refused to single out the white supremacists who organized the rally.

He later condemned hate groups like white supremacists and neo-Nazis in a public statement Monday but has been criticized for his slow response. 

Six business leaders have since resigned from Trump’s manufacturing advisory council over his response to Charlottesville.