WEST FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - North Dakota U.S. Senator John Hoeven weighed in on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend and the response of President Donald Trump.
Hoeven, like his counterpart Senator Heidi Heitkamp, said he thinks Trump should have spoken out against white supremacists and Neo-Nazis on the day it happened, not two days later after there was a lot of backlash. The backlash came because Trump condemned violence on "many sides" when he first spoke about the Charlottesville incident. White supremacists were overjoyed Trump didn't specifically call them out.
"All the more reason that the first time he commented he should have been very clear that we need to condemn any kind of white supremacy, Neo-Nazi group," Hoeven said. "There's just no room for that in our country."
Trump, bowing to overwhelming pressure, on Monday labeled white supremacist views as racist and “evil” after two days of issuing equivocal statements. Some critics said it was two days too late. Some supporters said they didn't take his Monday response seriously.