Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Trump, Graham trade jabs on Twitter over Charlottesville

Trump, Graham trade jabs on Twitter over Charlottesville

In a series of angry tweets Thursday morning, President Donald Trump took aim at two sitting Republican senators, first attacking Sen.

The South Carolina Republican, who is one of the GOP's most outspoken Trump critics, sharply criticized Trump's denouncement of "many sides" of the protests in Virginia. Trump reversed course on Tuesday during a heated impromptu press conference, where he again blamed "both sides" for violence, condemned the "alt-left"-a term coined by Fox News host Sean Hannity-and said there are "very fine people" among both white supremacists and those who oppose them".

Still, while criticism of the president over his Charlottesville response has poured out from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, any resolution to impeach Trump would need support from the House's Republican majority to move forward.

The comments drew rebukes from top Republicans and corporate leaders for his failure to unequivocally denounce white supremacists, although many did not name the president outright.

Although the two men have been at odds for much of Trump's presidency, Graham's remarks during a CNN interview August 16 began the Twitter feud between the two Republicans.

"Such a disgusting lie", Trump said.

"I'm not putting anybody on a moral plane", Trump said during a testy Q&A with reporters in the lobby of his Manhattan tower.

On Twitter (where else?) Trump poured salt in the nation's wounds by coming out firmly against the removal of public monuments to the Confederacy - the issue that brought white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan to Charlottesville and led to the death of Heather Heyer.

The following day, August 17, 2017, Trump took to Twitter to dismiss Graham's statement as "such a disgusting lie". He just can't forget his election trouncing. "The people of SC will remember".

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed after a auto rammed into a crowd of demonstrators protesting against white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday. "So this is not war against Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham, this is war against the entire Republican Senate". For the sake of our Nation - as our President - please fix this.

The folding of the councils has raised speculation that senior administration figures might step down to avoid being tarnished by their association with Trump. "They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!" he tweeted.

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