Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses 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.
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.”