Conservatives are ‘sick’ of Trump and ‘sad’ of ‘left-wingers’
Conservatives are “sick” of President Donald Trump, and are “heartbroken” over his administration’s handling of the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, they wrote in an open letter Thursday.
“It’s hard to overstate how hurtful it is that we can’t find common ground with these extremists,” the letter said.
“They are the Left’s worst nightmare.”
The letter was signed by Reps.
Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Justin Amash (R of Michigan), Raul Labrador (R, Idaho), Scott Peters (D-Calif.) and Ted Budd (R., Okla.).
The letter came after Trump’s first days in office on Jan. 20, when he declared a national state of emergency.
“While I understand the concerns about the impact of the protests on our country, I believe it is vital to remain calm and to support those who have done so peacefully,” Trump wrote.
“This is an incredibly important time to work together with our allies in the world to confront extremism and build a better world.”
The White House responded by saying that Trump has made clear that he is committed to a more robust response to the protests.
“We will be working with local authorities, the president has called for the immediate return of federal law enforcement resources, and the president’s team is working to ensure that the National Guard will be ready to assist,” a White House official told Fox News.
Trump also announced on Wednesday that he would be holding a press conference on Friday, at which he would “express my deep concern” over the “violent and unacceptable” actions of some of the “so-called alt-right” protesters.
The White Houses Office of the Press Secretary told Fox that “while the President did not specifically say there would be a press briefing on Friday,” he did not deny that there would.
“The President did, however, express his concern for the safety of American citizens and law enforcement officials,” the White House spokesperson said.
The New York Times, which published a lengthy piece on the protests, said that Trump and his administration were in contact with the White Houses Homeland Security and State departments on Thursday about the protests and that Trump was “concerned about the reaction” of local authorities.
The Times also reported that the White houses Office of Public Engagement on Thursday “had received an extensive list of questions and concerns about this weekend’s protests from state, local and federal authorities.”
The Associated Press reported that officials from several cities in New York state had visited the White house, but that Trump declined to meet with them.
“I didn’t meet with any of those people, and that’s because I didn’t want to come across as a politician who was out there,” Trump said Thursday, “and I’m not going to be a politician anymore.
And I’m very disappointed in myself for that.”
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.