Charlottesville Violence: Governor McAuliffe calls on Trump to aid unity

Virginia's governor said he told President Donald Trump to help the effort to stop hate speech in the United States after deadly violence swept a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

"My m is this hatred, bigotry language has got to stop. ... There's no place for it in this country, and we have got to work together as I told the president yesterday twice," Gov. Terry McAuliffe told NBC News' Tom Costello in an exclusive interview on Sunday. "This language, this rhetoric, this hatred has got to stop."

Asked whether he believed some of Trump's own rhetoric was partly to blame, McAuliffe said hatred and rhetoric had "hit an all-time high."

"It's got to stop, and they've got to stop this rhetoric. They've got to stop the attacks on individuals. We've got to work together," he said. "It's the only way we can succeed as a nation today."

McAuliffe issued similar remarks on Saturday, saying he told Trump: "I'd be willing to work with you if we can work together to bring people together. But stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric in this country."

McAuliffe's remarks come after white nationalist marchers clashed with counter-protesters and a car plowed into a group described as anti-racist demonstrators, killing one and injuring 19 others.Two Virginia state troopers also died Saturday when the helicopter they were in crashed near the rally.

McAuliffe said Sunday that he was "personally" close to the troopers.

"One flew me for 3½ years, and the other was part of my executive protection unit. Going over to that family yesterday and seeing those two young children breaks your heart," he said.



Kamala Harris Slams Donald Trump's 'Many Sides' Rhetoric On Charlottesville$largeimg11_Friday_2016_141743677.jpg

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) criticized President Donald Trump’s refusal to directly condemn the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, instead choosing to blame “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 Saturday. 

Harris, however, doesn’t agree.

“And as the country grappled with this tragedy, we were told that ‘many sides’ should be condemned. Many sides,” Harris said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “I often advocate that we look at many sides of an issue, walk in someone else’s shoes and identify and reject false choices. But there are not ‘many sides’ to this.”

Harris went on to describe moments in history where rhetoric similar to Trump’s kept schools and restaurants segregated.

“‘Many sides’ suggests that there is no right side or wrong side, that all are morally equal. But I reject that,” Harris wrote. “It’s not hard to spot the wrong side here. They’re the ones with the torches and the swastikas.”

The White House attempted to clarify the president’s remarks on Sunday morning, but those comments didn’t come from Trump.

“The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred. Of course, that includes white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together,” the statement, attributed to a spokesperson, read.

Trump’s seeming inability to directly condemn the violence perpetuated by white supremacists in Virginia has resulted in widespread outrage across the country. His unwillingness to disavow white supremacy is also at odds with a growing number of officials, including members of the Trump administration, who have spoken out against the hateful acts.

But Harris remains optimistic.

“There is hope to be found. The truth is that the vast majority of Americans are good, fair and just and they want their country to reflect those ideals,” she wrote. “And the fact that yesterday’s explicit hate was met with near-universal condemnation affirms my belief in our capacity to overcome evil.”


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Senate Sets Sights on ‘Skinny’ Repeal of Obamacare in Tuesday’s Voting

WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s Senate vote on health care will be a turning point in the GOP's long and difficult effort to fulfill their campaign promise to undo Obamacare but the final outcome appears likely to end up as a “skinny” repeal that disposes of just a few components of the Affordable Care Act.

The first key vote will take place at some point this afternoon to open debate on the health care measure. If that “motion to proceed” passes, the Senate will then move on to debate and vote on a variety of approaches to the bill, beginning with a vote on the 2015 version of the repeal of Obamacare, according to two Senate sources. That vote is expected to fail.

After that, the Senate will move on to a vote on the current replacement bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, with the addition of an amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that allows the sale of catastrophic plans and an amendment by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, that would add $100 billion in additional spending on Medicaid.

But the BCRA amendment is likely to need 60 votes because neither the Cruz nor the Portman amendment have been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, meaning it’s likely to fail because it would need Democratic votes.

The plan after those two votes, according to sources, is for senators to proceed to votes on a series of amendments to create what leadership has called a “skinny” repeal with the goal of eliminating Obamacare's individual mandate penalty, employer mandate penalty and the tax on medical devices.

The Senate would then go to conference with the House of Representatives where they would work out a final bill. Both chambers would then have to vote on the reconciled bill.

Senator John McCain’s, R-Ariz., dramatic return to the Senate for the vote after having been recently diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, is sure to put more pressure on nervous Republicans who have been opposed or reluctant to commit to support the Republican plan.

The administration is predicting victory. Marc Short, who is Vice President Mike Pence’s top legislative affairs aide, said Tuesday morning that McCain will push the vote over the finish line.

“But whether he’s the 50th or the 51st vote, “ Short said on Fox Business News, “we’re excited to have him back.”

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced that he supports this plan and would vote 'yes' on the motion to proceed Tuesday.



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