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Romney Calls Out Trump Over Charlottesville Statements

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Former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney took to Twitter to take shots at President Trump's statements over the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, which erupted in violence over the weekend. 

On his Twitter profile, Romney posted:

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Romney's tweet came as a response to Trump's statements, in which the president blamed "many sides" for the violence at the rally. After his initial statement, the president doubled down on his stance during another press conference, claiming he wanted to "know the facts" before commenting on the situation, reports The Hill.

"I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it," said Trump at the press conference. "And you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that. But I'll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very violent." 

Since the attack, politicians on both sides of the aisle have expressed their disgust for the events that took place over the weekend. Republican party members have come out with a much more direct tone than the president, with House Speaker Paul Ryan calling white supremacy "repulsive," and Sen. Orrin Hatch arguing, "We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home." 

Romney's statements join a whirlwind of opinions being thrown into the news cycle and the public sphere regarding the racial divide that has permeated our society. Whether people want to criticize the president's rhetoric or not, emboldened extremists are leading debate in this country, and many Americans stuck in-between may suffer for it.  

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