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While Trump places 'blame on both sides,' McCarthy takes stand against hate groups

FILE -- In this Dec. 8, 2015, file photo, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. speaks with a reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

While President Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated his view that there's "blame on both sides" for the violence that erupted over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, Rep. Kevin McCarthy struck a different tone and took to Twitter once again to decry hate groups.

"Saturday's violence and tragic loss of life was a direct consequence of the hateful rhetoric & action from white supremacists demonstrating," wrote McCarthy, the Bakersfield congressman who serves as majority leader.

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Trump's initial response to the violence over the weekend received criticism for not explicitly condemning white supremacy. He took steps Monday to quiet the criticism, speaking to reporters and explicitly saying, "Racism is evil."

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence," Trump said in prepared remarks Monday. "It has no place in America."

Tuesday, Trump took to the microphone at Trump Tower in New York to speak about his administration's infrastructure goals.

The purpose of Tuesday's press conference was quickly overshadowed when Trump made off-the-cuff remarks about the violence in Charlottesville. Trump labeled the counter-protesters the "alt-left" and said they deserve blame, too, for the violent protests.

Other GOP leaders, including McCarthy, struck a different tone via Twitter. Speaker Paul Ryan wrote, "We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity."


McCarthy continued his tweets with, "Race-based supremacy movements have no place in our melting pot culture."





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