13 Agosto, 2017
These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.
"President - we must call evil by its name", Gardner said in one tweet after the violence that erupted Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. "These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism".
"Praying for those hurt & killed today in Charlottesville", he also wrote.
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.
Shortly after Gardner's tweets, U.S. Sen.
Rubio followed suit, pressing the need for Trump to acknowledge the events that transpired. Police would return in full riot gear a short while later and the state's National Guard was put on standby. A rally goer purposefully drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters - an act that Trump has found it easy to call terrorism in the past. The mayor then called upon "all people of good will" to go home.
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.
President Donald Trump is condemning "in the strongest possible terms" what he's calling an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" after clashes at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also offered a call for unity among Americans of "all races, creeds and colors". Michael Bennet, took to Twitter to decry the attacks. Embrace inclusion, celebrate differences-that's the America we believe in. "Everyone in leadership must speak out".
"We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for", he wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Here in Colorado, the reaction from local politicians was stronger and more direct, characterizing the act as domestic terrorism and renouncing the involvement of white supremacists.
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado Springs, and U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican from Windsor, did not issue comments on the violence. "Now is a time to come together", he said.
"It's been going on for a long time in our country", Trump told reporters.
Several hours earlier, prior to the report of the car into the crowd, Gardner also tweeted about the hatred shown had no place in our country.