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RNC's McDaniel: Blame for Charlottesville 'Squarely' on Supremacists

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 August 2017 08:59 AM

The blame for the violence in Charlottesville "lays squarely" with the KKK and white supremacists who put together a rally against removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday.

At the same time, she insisted President Donald Trump has spoken out against white supremacy.

"The president condemned the white supremacists and KKK and neo-Nazis unequivocally," McDaniel told ABC News' "Good Morning America" program. "Our party across the board has said it's unacceptable. We have no place in our party at all for the KKK, anti-semitism, racism, bigotry. It has no place in the Republican Party. There is no home here. We don't want your vote. We don't support you. We'll speak out against you."

On Tuesday, Trump came under fire when he blamed both sides for the violence that ended in the death of a woman who was run over by a car that slammed into a crowd of people protesting the white supremacists who had come to Charlottesville.

McDaniel, though, said the blame lies with the supremacists and others who put together the rally, but still, she said, Trump did the "right thing condemning it."

"I'm saying absolutely the events that transpired in Charlottesville were initiated by this white supremacist KKK rally," she added. "It would not have happened if those people had not come together in hate, and there were peaceful protesters who did the right thing coming out against it."

Trump also on Tuesday said there were "fine people" on both sides who should share the blame, but McDaniel replied that "we have to unequivocally say that the KKK and the white supremacists were wrong."

She said she does think there may have been people who came to Charlottesville thinking there would be a discussion about removing historic statues, but "the second they saw Nazi flags, they should have turned. The second you have a Nazi flag or join the KKK, there is no good there. There is no good KKK member. There's no nice neo-Nazi. This is un-American what they're doing and it's going to take bipartisanship to bring people together around unifying this country and the president has called for that."

She also discounted the comments from former KKK leader David Duke, who thanked the president for his statements.

"I think that makes everybody's stomach turn and I think it makes the president's stomach turn," McDaniel said. "He has condemned David Duke. David Duke has nothing to do with the Republican Party. He's going to try and get his name into the headlines."

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The blame for the violence in Charlottesville "lays squarely" with the KKK and white supremacists who put together a rally against removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday.
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