Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) says President Trump’s response to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, has rendered him unfit for the Oval Office.
“As we once again hear Donald Trump defend those responsible for the deadly riot in Charlottesville and receive praise by groups like the [Ku Klux Klan] and neo-Nazis, the time has come for Republicans and Democrats to put aside their political differences and philosophical debates for a higher cause,” she said in a statement Tuesday.
“For the sake of the soul of our country, we must come together to restore our national dignity that has been robbed by Donald Trump’s presence in the White House,” Moore added.
“My Republican friends, I implore you to work with us within our capacity as elected officials to remove this man as our commander-in-chief and help us move forward from this dark period in our nation’s history.”
Moore, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), was responding to Trump’s controversial press conference in New York City on Tuesday.
Trump on Tuesday said there is “blame on both sides” for the bloodshed in Charlottesville last weekend.
The president said that white nationalists and liberal counter-protesters were both culpable for the unrest in the Virginia city.
“What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at the – as you say, the ‘alt-right?’” Trump asked a reporter Tuesday. “Do they have any semblance of guilt?”
“What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs?” Trump asked. “Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”
Trump also lashed out at critics who say he initially took too long to denounce white supremacists involved with the fracas in Charlottesville.
“I have condemned neo-Nazis,” he said. “I have condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me.”
One person died last Saturday when a man drove his car into demonstrators in Charlottesville amid tensions there.
Two Virginia State Police Department officers were also killed the same day in a helicopter crash related to violence in Charlottesville.