Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican.
Graham said earlier that Trump "took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency" between the marching white supremacists and the people who had been demonstrating against them.
On Sunday, thousands of white nationalists, neo-Confederates and right-wing protesters, clashed with groups that oppose them, during demonstrations in Charlottesville, a historic college town in Virginia.
Following the violent incident in Charlottesville, Trump said "there is blame on both sides". "He just can't forget his election trouncing.The people of SC will remember!" That reignited a long-standing national debate that led to the flag's removal from the South Carolina's Statehouse and to TV Land pulling reruns of The Dukes of Hazard off the air. "Such a disgusting lie".
Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a vehicle driven by a white supremacist struck a crowd of counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville last weekend.
A new poll Thursday showed that most Americans favor leaving in place statues of Civil War figures associated with the defense of slavery, offering a measure of support for President Donald Trump's stance on the issue.
"It was the type of statement that says: I am denouncing these groups without actually denouncing them", Abbott said Wednesday. One woman was killed Saturday when a auto plowed into a crowd of people there to condemn what is believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade.
President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the violence, injuries and deaths at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York.
On Tuesday, during a press conference stormy since the Trump Tower in NY city, Mr. Trump had already seemed to give reason to the defenders of these monuments, even if he had not gone too far.
Speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America", Susan Bro said she initially missed the first few calls to her from the White House. "But it contributes to the uncertainty that's creeping in" about Trump's agenda, Hellwig said.
Trump then touted a primary opponent of GOP Sen. "Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue (of) Robert E. Lee". "Robert E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson?"
"President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership", Cohen added. "I've condemned neo-Nazis. I've condemned many different groups", the president said.
The violence in Charlottesville was a horrific event made worse by Trump's hollow statement. There was a group on this side, you can call them the left ... that came violently attacking the other group.
"(B) ecause of the manner in which you have handled the Charlottesville tragedy, you are now receiving praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country", Graham said.
In another major sign of discontent within the Republican Party, Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils on Wednesday as corporate chiefs began resigning in protest over his racial statements.
Trump's overall approval rating may be dismal, but a small group of die-hard supporters is expected to play an outsized role in next year's midterm elections when the Republican control of Congress is at stake.