Here are all the Republican members of Congress who have called out the president

Only a handful of members have explicitly criticized Trump after Tuesday's wild press conference

President Donald Trump points to a member of the media while speaking in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in New York. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
President Donald Trump points to a member of the media while speaking in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in New York. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Trump offered support for white nationalists and the Confederacy more than a century and a half after the end of the Civil War Tuesday, blaming the “alt-left” for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend and saying there were “very fine people” on both sides of the clashes.

The president’s off-script comments were cheered by white nationalists just one day after he timidly criticized the movement.

While a number of members of Congress have released statements explicitly condemning white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK following the president’s remarks, just 28 of 292 Republicans in Congress have released statements that call out Trump directly by name or title.

This list will be updated should other members address the president in statements.


Senate Republicans

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
“The president should’ve immediately denounced the racism and the bigotry that we saw in Charlottesville. The president should’ve done that immediately. And what he did today goes back on what he said yesterday, and that’s unacceptable.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
“The organizers of events which inspired & led to #charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons. They are adherents of an evil ideology which argues certain people are inferior because of race, ethnicity or nation of origin. When entire movement built on anger & hatred towards people different than you,it justifies & ultimately leads to violence against them These groups today use SAME symbols & same arguments of #Nazi & #KKK, groups responsible for some of worst crimes against humanity ever Mr. President,you can’t allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame.They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain The #WhiteSupremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of blame as a win.We can not allow this old evil to be resurrected”

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)

“It’s wrong. Why can’t he just say that? I just keep saying this over and over again and he needed to make this point,” Ernst told The Globe Gazette. “Hatred, terrorism and violence are never OK, never acceptable. It’s wrong on so many levels. He muddied the water and he just shouldn’t have done that.”

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) 

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)

“Carrying a Nazi flag or any other symbol of white supremacy is a hateful act that cannot be morally defended, least of all by the leader of a diverse nation still healing from its original sin of racist slavery,” Lee said on Facebook. “Racists may have a constitutional right to express their repugnant ideas. But the rest of us have a duty to affirm and defend the values — the moral, political, and religious values — that have helped Americans overcome violent racism at home and abroad, in war and in peace, for generations.”

House Republicans

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)

Rep. Paul Mitchel (R-MI)

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH)

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA)

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)

Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA)

“I think that yesterday’s [press] conference was a failure of leadership. Yesterday was not the best day,” said Scott on CNN Wednesday morning. “There is no question about it. There is no moral equivalency. They should absolutely condemn the Nazis and the KKK.”

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI)

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AK)

“The president missed a window of opportunity to reject categorically the white supremacy groups that marched in Charlottesville and to name singularly their blame in the death and violence,” Crawford told Arkansas Online. “Had the White House handled the aftermath more bluntly and forthrightly, we probably wouldn’t be having this conversation right now.”

Rep. French Hill (R-AK)

“He would’ve helped the country and helped our communities deal with this by standing by his earlier statement and calling for communities to come together and work out differences and reject … the hate that we saw on display in Charlottesville,” Hill told Arkansas Online.

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)

“I think when we don’t speak clearly about this, we give oxygen and encouragement to these groups. And so that’s why we need to denounce them clearly and directly,” Yoder told the Kansas City Star. “I think the president has made a mistake and missed an opportunity to unite this country. And every time he equivocates on the matter, I think he’s encouraging these groups to believe that they’re legitimate.”

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL)

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA)

“What happened was someone drove a car into a crowd and killed one person and injured 19 others, and that was a white supremacist. That’s what happened. So he [President Trump] should call it what it is and not get into this broader question of who else out there may be causing noise and contributing to the situation that we’re in right now. We’re a better country than what happened in Charlottesville,” Costello posted on his Facebook page. “And we’re a better country than these remarks that sort of equalize or marginalize or create an equivalency between various forms of hate. Hate is bad and it’s ugly, and we should be pushing back against it on all cylinders.”

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)

“The President’s latest remarks don’t acknowledge that the tragedy in Charlottesville was the direct result of racial hatred fueled by white supremacists and neo-fascists who showed up spoiling for a fight,” Murphy said in a statement on Facebook. “They employed unrestrained hateful rhetoric and street theatrics that ended in a terrorist action by one of their followers. There is no moral equivalence here. We can’t overcome evil without naming it.”

Rep. Bill Heizenga (R-MI)

“Today, President Trump had the opportunity to clearly refute the ideology spread by groups such as the KKK and White Supremacists and failed to do so. This shouldn’t be a tough decision. If an ideology promotes hate and targets individuals because of their race, religion, or gender it should be refuted,” Heizenga said on Facebook.