Top GOP Senator Calls Out ‘Nazi’ Violence in Charlottesville

Officials on both sides of the aisle have slammed President Donald Trump for refusing to condemn neo-Nazis and white nationalists for their violence in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend.

Now even the second-highest ranking member of the U.S. Senate, GOP Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, is bashing Trump’s statement that described the violence and bigotry as coming from “many sides.”

“We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home,” Hatch said via Twitter.

His remark followed similar comments condemning the eerie torch-lit fascist march through the University of Virginia on Friday night, where participants performed Nazi salutes and chanted Nazi slogans.

“Their tiki torches may be fueled by citronella but their ideas are fueled by hate, & have no place in civil society,” he said.

Hatch was responding to actions committed by far right-wing protesters who converged on Charlottesville as part of a “Unite the Right” rally that was called in response to officials deciding to have a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee removed from a public park.

Hatch has been the president pro tempore since 2015 and serves as the ranking senate member when Vice President Mike Pence is absent. He was selected by the senate at large.

It should be noted that while Hatch is appropriately labeling the violent protesters in Virginia as Nazis, he is not without controversy of his own. Hatch has been documented as openly anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant and pro-oil. Hatch urged Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.