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President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower Tuesday Aug. 15 2017 in New York. AP

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday touted a campaign to formally censure President Trump following his controversial response to the violence that resulted from a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Then-Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican who is now Trump's United Nations ambassador, declared the flag untenably divisive after the wide distribution of photos showing the killer clutching it.

President Donald Trump ripped into Sen.

The Tennessee Republican, typically an ally of the White House, warned: "Our nation is going to go through great peril" if Trump can not show that he understands "what has made this nation great".

Apparently resentful at being forced to act like a human being with some sense of morality, Trump reacted by holding another press conference on Tuesday, in which he criticized liberal counter-protesters, said that many "very fine people" were among the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, and tossed out some stock arguments about how if we take down statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the next thing you know we'll be tearing down monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

He returned to his combative stance Tuesday-insisting anew during an unexpected and contentious news conference at Trump Tower that "both sides" were to blame. And then in a burst of tweets Thursday he renewed his criticism of efforts to remove memorials and tributes to the Civil War Confederacy.

"Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!"

He also tore into fellow Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and Jeff Flake of Arizona who have criticized his statements on race and politics, fanning the controversy toward a full-fledged national conflagration. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) as "toxic" and said he was glad to see Kelli Ward running against him for the 2018 nomination, calling Flake a "non-factor". He was said to have clashed with various other members of Trump's cabinet during his time as chief strategist, as well as members of Trump's family who also serve the White House.

Although some GOP politicians have criticized Trump over Charlottesville, it is considered unlikely that they would back a censure of him.

Instead, it took almost 48 hours until Trump stuck to the script and brought down the hammer: "Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs - including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans", he said. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican. Other Democrats have called for Trump's impeachment, with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee), announcing Thursday that he planned to introduce more articles of impeachment in light of Trump's comments on Charlottesville. The New York Times has reported counterprotesters were seen attacking the white supremacists.

His remarks on how "both sides" were to be blamed for the violence over the August 12 weekend have since prompted widespread criticism by Democrats and Republicans alike.

On behalf of the Republican elected officials of Huron County, the Huron County Republican Party submitted the following statement to the Reflector. Nobody wants to say that.

First, Trump went after Sen. "I think they do".

There is some truth in Duke's tweet: It was "white America" that voted Trump into office; not necessarily racists and Nazis, but white people who feel - rightly or wrongly - that their voice is being marginalized in American politics. His action came after one of the panels had already agreed to disband earlier in the day.

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