Senator John McCain just issued a condemnation of the white supremacists and neo-Nazis responsible for Charlottesville’s violent rally which puts President Trump’s vaguer comments to shame.
McCain’s full statement:
“Our Founders fought a revolution for the idea that all men are created equal. The heirs of that revolution fought a Civil War to save our nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to that revolutionary proposition.
“Nothing less is at stake on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, where a violent attack has taken at least one American life and injured many others in a confrontation between our better angels and our worst demons.
“White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special.
“As we mourn that tragedy that has occurred in Charlottesville, American patriots of all colors and creeds must come together to defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry.”
Trump, by contrast, condemned bigotry that he saw originating “on many sides” without specifically mentioning racism or white supremacy.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 12, 2017