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Republican Senators, House members, governors and former presidents are all now criticizing President Trump for his remarks about the violence in Charlottesville Virginia last weekend where a counter protestor was run down and killed following a white supremacy rally.

The top Republicans now include Senator Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and John McCain.  The list also includes House Speaker Paul Ryan, former presidential candidate John Kasich, governor of Ohio as well as former president George W. Bush and his father.

In a joint statement by the father and son presidents, they recalled the words of  Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence  --  quote  --  "We are all created equal and endowed by our creator with unalienable rights.

The U.S. Senate's top Republican is condemning what he's calling the ``messages of hate and bigotry'' carried by the KKK and white supremacist groups. But he does not specifically address widely criticized remarks by President Trump, who said white supremacists don't bear all the blame for last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.



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