Sen. Lindsey Graham praised Donald Trump’s remarks Monday attacking hate groups after the violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Now he wants the president to take action against hate groups as well.
“What he said yesterday was very strong, very good,” Graham told reporters on Tuesday. “Now he needs to follow it up with action.”
The Seneca Republican hopes his former Senate colleague, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will visit Virginia to investigate federal civil rights charges against a young man accused of killing one woman and injuring several others by driving his car into a group of protesters at a rally of white nationalists in the city.
Graham also called for a federal task force to look into whether groups like the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis “are a growing threat,” he said, “and if they are to come down on them like a hammer.”
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In an interview on Sunday, Graham said “we need more” from Donald Trump after the president’s initial statement on Charlottesville denounced “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” without addressing white supremacists or racists.
“I would urge the president to dissuade these groups that he's their friend,” Graham said on Sunday.