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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Ohio Republicans Almost Unanimously Slam Trump

Aug 16, 2017
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Ohio Republicans Almost Unanimously Slam Trump

It took a few hours for some, but by late Tuesday evening many Ohio GOP officials had posted tweets taking issue with President Donald Trump’s statements earlier in the day on the Charlottesville violence.

“We must speak out clearly against the hatred, racism and white supremacists who descended upon #Charlottesville,” tweeted Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

“The response to this ideology of hate & bigotry, & the act of domestic terrorism, should be simple & united condemnation without ambiguity.”

U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, a Republican from southern Delaware County, said online: “POTUS deflected from the fact that a young woman was killed & others were injured by a bigoted follower of the white supremacist movement.”

Fellow GOP Congressman Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington weighed in: “I don’t understand what’s so hard about this. White supremacists and Neo-Nazis are evil and shouldn’t be defended.”

They were joined by a more frequent critic of Trump, Republican Gov. John Kasich.

“There is no moral equivalency to Nazi sympathizers,” he said. “There can be no room in America — or the Republican Party — for racism, anti-Semitism, hate or white nationalism. Period.”

Toledo Democrat Marcy Kaptur, dean of Ohio’s congressional delegation, responded: “Couldn’t have said it better myself.”

One of the few Republicans to openly defend Trump was Ohio Republican Party spokesman Blaine Kelly, in a series of tweets responding to Dispatch tweets.

Kelly initially took issue with a re-tweet of Democrat Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of the Gahanna area: ”@realdonaldtrump is blaming both sides AGAIN & he thinks white nationalist are ‘fine people.’”

“Not what he said. Where’s the fact check?” Kelly said.

He noted Trump said of the protestors: “Not all of those people were neo-nazis/white supremacists.”

“They were the people protesting the removal of the statue, separate of the white supremacists. POTUS was clear about all of this,” Kelly maintained.

“Also, no one is defending white supremacists. I’ve said before & will continue to say it, white supremacy has no place in our country.”

Longtime GOP Congressman Steve Chabot of Cincinnati blogged Wednesday that Trump should have condemned the KKK and neo-Nazi’s by name.

“Let me be clear — Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are scum. There is no place in America for them. There is no place in the Republican Party for them. I don’t want their support. I don’t want their votes,” Chabot said.

But he also said both sides had the constitutional right to protest, up until the point of violence.

“And as an observer of this unfolding event on TV Saturday, it appeared to me that there were trouble-makers and thugs on both sides, pushing and shoving, striking out with sticks and clubs, hurling projectiles, and overall acting like jerks,” Chabot said.

Democrats reacted much more quickly to Trump’s press conference in New York City.

“There are not ‘many sides’ to blame for #Charlottesville. There is right and wrong. White nationalism, hatred and bigotry are wrong,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown in a tweet that contained his initials, indicated her personally wrote it.

In a series of tweets, Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, said, “The ideology of white supremacy is wrong, evil, and repulsive. Simply put, there should be no place for it in our country.

In fact, it runs against everything that this nation stands for. We must be united in our attempt to drive this type of bigotry and hatred from our society.”

Secretary of State Jon Husted, echoing an earlier tweet from Kasich, reacted by citing what Jesus called God’s second-most important commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.′ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31″

The other three GOP gubernatorial hopefuls — Attorney General Mike DeWine, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor — had not yet reacted via Twitter as of late Tuesday night.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Democratic candidate for governor, said on Twitter, “Robert E. Lee & Stonewall Jackson were racists who fought against American ideals. There is no comparing them to our founding fathers. We, as Americans, must stand in unity against bigotry, white supremacy and hatred. Even if that means standing against our President.”

Youngstown-area state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, another Democrat gubernatorial hopeful, tweeted: “Someone drove a car at human beings to support a rally based on racism & prejudice. It’s ridiculous to blame other groups for the violence.”

The four Democratic candidate for governor, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, said in a series of tweets: “There is not ‘blame on both sides.’ Trump is once again creating false, outrageous equivalencies that undermine justice and equality.

“Trump’s news conference today was reprehensible, there are not many sides — only the hate of KKK, neo-Nazis, alt-right white supremacists.

“Time for @MikeDeWine, @MaryTaylorOH, @JonHusted, @JimRenacci to stand up to Trump & KKK, neo-Nazi’s, alt-right white supremacists.”

This article was originally published by The Columbus Dispatch on August 16, 2017.