Here’s what Michigan lawmakers have to say about Charlottesville, Trump’s ‘both sides’

Michigan lawmakers, including Republicans, took to social media to condemn President Trump’s assertion Tuesday that “both sides” were to blame for racial violence this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In a press conference, Trump spoke about a clash between white nationalists, including the KKK, and protesters over plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Trump said the “alt-left” shares blame for violence that left one woman dead and said some “very fine” people participated in the rally.

No members of Michigan’s congressional delegation defended the remarks and fellow Republicans lambasted the president, using his preferred social medium, Twitter.

Others didn’t weigh in on the president’s remarks but condemned the violence and white nationalists.

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Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:58pm

Trump is mentally ill, that was plainly obvious during the presidential campaign, nothing that has happened since then is really surprising to me.

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 8:12am

And your qualifications to judge mental illness are????

Kevin Grand
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:54pm

Would anyone from The Bridge care to elaborate on why there is this "aversion" to mentioning the other side by name on just about every story I've either seen or read on what happened in Charlottesville several days ago?

They DO have a name you know.

Two groups that were involved and located with an absolute minimum of effort are called Antifa and Redneck Revolt.

They dress alike, they act alike and if you were to just do a little bit of digging into their background, they do have a record which does NOT convey the peaceful counter-protestor image that the media is attempting to make them out to be (Exhibit A - Berkley Riots).

How does The Bridge intend to inform Michigan Citizens about current events when certain details are "omitted"?

Chuck Fellows
Thu, 08/17/2017 - 8:51am

The majority of those protesting the extremism were non violent participants. The fact that the group's you mentioned participated has been noted in many sources.

Kevin Grand
Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:55pm

You could've fooled me, Mr. Fellows.

The Detroit News? Nope.

The Detroit Free Press (aka Gannett, aka USA Network)? Uh, no.

Channel 2? No luck.;query=antifa

Channel 4? Just started reporting today.

Channel 7? Barely in time for this story, NOT for elected officials to have commented so quickly.

The Bridge? Hey look what comes up?

Where's this "many" sources again???

Ann Farnell
Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:56pm

Kevin Grand: Two business advisory boards and their approximately $650 million dollar checkbooks walked out on the self proclaimed greatest business man ever, Trump. We are seeing the ascendence of white supremacy groups again. Trump clearly identifies with Nationalism, and given his comments re Mexicans, Muslims, Blacks, not to mention his abuse of women (as well as everybody within his range), that is White Nationalism. He still has one advisorvwho proudly War his Nazi medal to Trump's inauguration. Yet, you choose to focus, like Trump on how comprehensive the media is on covering two groups, who are fairly unknown to those who are just becoming aware of this rot that is not knew but has largely stayed under their rocks until Trump and his " birther movement" gave them encouragement to raise their ugly heads and shout their vile bigotry. That doesn't compel you to write. What drives you is some sort of perverted effort to "prove"Trump is right. Well, he isn't and neither are you! We need the 5th Estate desperately to stay on top of what is turning out to be the least American presidency in our history, and nitpickers like you are part of the problem, having, no doubt, voted and delivered to the country such a great businessman who is a lousy president.

Ma is attentiontt
Thu, 08/17/2017 - 7:50am

The one thing the Neo Nazi groups want more than anything is attention and publicity which is exactly what the counter protesters (in their own seeking of attention and publicity), gives them. I'm tired of both of them!

Big D
Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:32am

The whole media frenzy, scaring public officials into pontificating, is ludicrous and counter-productive (unless your goal is fomenting disruption). Our president made an accurate statement about "both sides". Unfortunately, if you're an active supporter of the left, then you do not brook any criticism whatever of your motives or methods. The white supremicists are scum and definitely need to be rejected. However, violence against them is also intolerable, suggesting abrogating the First Amendment is intolerable, and the more hay is made about their activities, the more their goals (attention) are met.

Just shut up about it.

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:48pm

History will paint a very sad and tragic picture of these times. Those who saw the president as a person who would change and turn our country around did not watch and listen to the last two years. No one will change Donald Trump including Donald himself. These are truly sad times in our country. The swamp was drained but it is filling up again. Peace R.L.

Valerie Glenn
Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:49am

Freaky - when law makers who have poisoned people, killed the educational opportunities of children, made entire self sustaining cities third world nail Trump.

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 8:11am

A rally was held yesterday in Detroit against the deportation order for Rasmieh Odeh. The woman in her court appearance condemned Israel. No furor against her in any media I've seen or heard since. Just calls against her deportation. The media is very one sided.

William C. Plumpe
Sun, 08/20/2017 - 9:18am

I echo the position of many pundits and Republican and Democratic legislators and US Congresspeople. There is no such thing as a "good" white supremacist. Anybody whose heart and mind are so twisted by hate and rancor that they want to "put Jews in ovens" or "get rid of the mud people" comes close to not even being human. These people are mentally and emotionally sick. Their actions and words do not reflect American values. The fact that Trump as President would even indirectly support alt right hate groups by not soundly denouncing them without hesitation at the first opportunity shows Trump's real nature---selfish and self centered. Trump has no compassion or concept of public service. Trump has no moral compass---what is "moral" to Trump is anything that will help get him attention and votes. The end justifies the means. A very dangerous attitude for the President of the United States. The CEO of the most powerful nation in the world with no morals and no ethics no values except the bottom line. I guess in the Trump Administration anything goes as long as it gets results. Remember the business disaster in the early 21st century caused by Enron and their ilk? With Trump the ruthless businessman in the White House only results matter. Think of Enron times a hundred or a thousand. Think of that and be afraid America.

Ann Farnell
Mon, 08/21/2017 - 7:12pm

Correction: 4th Estate...not 5th, thanks.