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Colorado's Senators Call Virginia Violence "Domestic Terrorism"

13 Agosto 2017
Colorado's Senators Call Virginia Violence

These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner tweeted: "Mr. President - we must call evil by its name".

"Praying for those hurt & killed today in Charlottesville". "There is no place for this kind of violence in America".

While calling for restoring law and order, the president has not referred to the violent acts during the demonstration as terrorism. Police would return in full riot gear a short while later and the state's National Guard was put on standby.

Trump earlier on Saturday had not specifically criticized the white nationalist rally and its neo-Nazi slogans.

Meanwhile, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper denounced the violence and said hatred had no place in society.

"My heart wrenches for VA & I pray for the safety of all in #Charlottesville during these horrific turn of events", said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

But the president did not attack the white nationalists groups that organized the initial rally over the removal of a Confederate general's statute from a Charlottesville park. The events turned deadly when a car plowed into a crowd near a downtown mall there, killing at least one person and injuring at least 19 others.

In his remarks in Bedminster, N.J., Trump condemned the violence as an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides".

Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton also released a statement on Twitter, arguing that all Americans have the right to peaceful assembly.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, also issued a tweet denouncing the violence.

"We have to come together with love for our nation and true affection for each other", the president said. Embrace inclusion, celebrate differences-that's the America we believe in.

Bennet echoed his upper chamber colleague, saying that the events that unfolded in Virginia are contrary to everything we stand for as a country.

Trump has tweeted that "we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for". He added that he was "heartbroken to hear about loss of life in today's domestic terror attack".

Trump says he's spoken with the governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, and "we agreed that the hate and the division must stop and must stop right now". "For the future of our country, leaders & community members must denounce these hate fueled acts". - Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Twitter. Marco Rubio, wrote: "Nothing patriotic about #Nazis, the #KKK or #WhiteSupremacists It's the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be".

Trump's comments did receive some praise, however, from a white supremacist website.