Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe did what President Donald Trump could not on Saturday.
He flat out denounced the white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other bigots who caused chaos in the streets of Charlottesville this weekend.
In a press conference, the governor told the fascists that they were not wanted in the “great Commonwealth” of Virginia. “Shame on you,” he said to the protesters, for showing up and hurting people.
You want to talk about patriots, talk about Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who brought our country together. Think about the patriots today, the young men and women, who with wearing the cloth of our country. Somewhere around the globe they are putting their life in danger. They are patriots. You are not.
In his remarks, McCauliffe also commended first responders, clergy members and others who were involved in managing the incidents caused by the neo-Nazis and white nationalists. He also commended the “courageous” students at the University of Virginia who surrounded the statue of Thomas Jefferson to protect it from the Nazis who gathered bearing torches on the campus.
“My message is clear, we are stronger than you,” McAuliffe said. “You have made our Commonwealth stronger. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here. There is no place for you in America.”
Despite lawmakers on both sides of the aisle condemning the protesters and referring to them for what they were — Nazis, white supremacists, white nationalists — Trump gave a weak statement condemning violence “on many sides.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said from his Bedminster, NJ golf club. His remarks were celebrated by his neo-Nazi supporters for the lack of condemnation of their actions.