Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchGOP senators rally to McConnell’s defense amid Trump attacks Flake voices support for McConnell amid Trump attacks Hatch defends McConnell against Trump’s attacks MORE (R-Utah) condemned white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, saying that World War II veterans, including his brother, didn’t fight so Nazi ideas could persist in the United States today.
“We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH,” Hatch tweeted, signing the tweet to signal he, not staff, shared it on social media.
We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017
His brother, 20-year-old Jesse, was an Army corporal serving as a nose turret gunner when his B-24 bomber went down over Austria.
White nationalist, white supremacist and alt-right groups were initially scheduled to gather in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park Saturday to protest the city’s decision to remove a Confederate statue there.
But as clashes broke out ahead of the so-called “Unite the Right” rally Saturday morning, police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, breaking up the event before it officially began.
McAuliffe confirmed Saturday night that at least three people were killed during the protests.
One of the three died after a car plowed through a group of counter-protesters.
Photos and video of the Saturday events show people performing Nazi salutes and chanting “heil Trump.”
President Trump condemned the “egregious” racially charged clashes in Charlottesville on Saturday, but he avoided putting more blame on any particular group, saying hatred by “many sides” was to blame.
– This post was updated at 7:42 p.m.