Sen. Roy Blunt condemns white supremacists, praises Trump
SEDALIA - Sen. Roy Blunt agreed with some of President Donald Trump's comments on Charlottesville, Virginia and condemned white supremacists on Thursday.
On August 12 Blunt tweeted the following: "The hate and violence in Charlottesville have no place in America." He expanded on his thoughts at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, saying he agrees with Trump's comments that spoke against white supremacists.
"These groups like the neo-Nazis, the Ku-Klux-Klan, and white supremacists have the least acceptable view of the world that you could possibly have," Blunt said. "I think when the president condemned those three groups specifically, that was the right place for him to be and the right place for the country to be. This is not the kind of ideology that we want to embrace or encourage in any way."
Several Republican lawmakers have criticized President Trump for his comments on the violence from Charlottesville this past weekend. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said
the President "missed an opportunity to be very explicit here. These groups seem to believe they have a friend in Donald Trump in the White House."
When asked about his thoughts on Sen. Graham's comments, Blunt said Graham is more objective of President Trump than he is.
"Sen. Graham gives a lot more advice to the President than I do," Blunt said. "I'm more focused on what I believe is the right thing for the country."
Blunt said that while freedom of speech is necessary, accepting the words spoken is not a right. He also said that he believes the country is heading into the right direction.
"There's no moral equivalency between these groups and other groups," Blunt said. "Everybody in our country has a right to say whatever they want to say, but the country doesn't have any responsibility to embrace that flawed ideology that we should be rejecting and I think the country is rejecting that point of view."
(Editor's note: This story has been updated and corrected to include Sen. Blunt's comments on Charlottesville from August 12. A prior version suggested Blunt didn't comment on the situation until August 17.)