The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) says her party has no desire to include white supremacists.
“We don’t want your vote, we don’t support you, we’ll speak out against you,” Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday on ABC.
McDaniel added that President Trump may have waited too long before denouncing white nationalists involved in last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“[It’s] un-American,” she said of the recent white nationalist rally there. “The president was saying that people brought violence from both sides.”
“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue,” McDaniel added. “It’s going to take bipartisanship to bring people together around unifying this country and the president has called for that.”
“And violence isn’t OK, but the blame lays squarely at the [Ku Klux Klan], the white supremacists, the neo-Nazis who organized this rally, [that] caused violence and are pushing hate across this country.”
Trump on Tuesday said there is “blame on both sides” for the bloodshed in Charlottesville last weekend.
“What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at the – as you say, the ‘alt-right?’” he asked a reporter. “Do they have any semblance of guilt?”
“What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs?” Trump continued at Trump Tower in New York City. “Do they have any problem? I think they do.”
“I have condemned neo-Nazis. I have condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me.”
Trump has faced criticism this week for seeming reluctant to denounce white nationalism more forcefully after the chaos in Charlottesville.
One person died there last Saturday when a car drove into a crowd of people protesting white nationalists there.
Two Virginia State Police Department officers were also killed the same day in a helicopter crash related to Charlottesville’s turmoil.
White nationalists descended upon Charlottesville last weekend to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The loss of life in Charlottesville has triggered national debate over race and its role in American society.