Local lawmakers sound off about Charlottesville violence, president's reaction

Marc LaVoie
August 14, 2017 - 6:51 am

KMBC Channel 9 News


Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder called on President Donald Trump to use harsher words in condemning the violence that happened Saturday at a demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After a 32-year-old woman was killed by a speeding car that plowed into a crowd of protestors, the president went before the nation and issed a statement:

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides... on many sides," the president said.

“There aren't two sides to this issue and we need to be clear about that. There is one side that preaches racism, bigotry and white supremacy and hatred and that side needs to be driven out of this country,” Yoder said to reporters. 

The crowd that was apparently targeted by the driver in Charlottesville was there to protest against Unite the Right, a coalition of groups that were there to rally against the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. 

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver also criticized the president, using Twitter.

"When he failed to condemn the white supremacists parading as patriots in Chrlottesville, I accepted the reality that what I have been waiting on it something that just won't happen. I'm not going to hate President Trump. I won't place him in the category of the unforgiven," the congressman wrote.

Other lawmakers used the social media platform to make their feelings known about the violence.


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