Gov. Rauner: Trump's remarks 'damage America' -

Gov. Rauner: Trump's remarks 'damage America'

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (Credit: AP) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (Credit: AP) -

Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, spoke strongly about President Trump's recent remarks following the Charlottesville attack on counter protesters at a white supremacist rally over the weekend saying he, "vehemently" disagreed with Trump's statement.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Rauner spoke at the Illinois State Fair to reporters issuing "perhaps his lengthiest, most critical public comments of Trump."

"What I care about, the comments damage America. We are all Americans. It doesn't matter what party, it doesn't matter who we vote for. It doesn't matter. What matters is that we stand for justice and fairness and equality. That's what America is about. And racism and bigotry and violence has no place in our society," Rauner continued.

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The governor's comments come amid backlash across party lines following Trump's remarks.

Trump took 48 hours to denounce white supremacists, initially saying that there "is blame on both sides."

On Tuesday, Trump doubled down on that stance unleashing criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.

The criticism revolved around Trump claiming that the counter protesters had a share of the blame along with the white supremacists.

On Saturday, Republican Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, tweeted, "The hate, racism, and violence on display in Charlottesville is terrible. We must come together. Americans are better than this."

However, Greitens, Missouri's first Jewish governor, hasn't specifically addressed the President's statements. He did, though, call out "anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism" using language that President Trump initially failed to use in his first comments, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

While Greitens' language was more specific than the president's initial statement, he didn't go as far as to call out Trump like Rauner and others.

In a six tweet thread, former Republican Presidential Nominee and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, joined Rauner in calling out the president.

"Mr. President, you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame. They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain," tweeted Rubio.

Other Republicans have also clashed with the president's statements. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, tweeted that "we must be clear."

"We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity," Ryan tweeted.

Information from: Chicago Tribune / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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