By Emily Jashinsky, Washington Examiner
Despite the president’s vague language, many Republican leaders offered sharp and eloquent condemnations of the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Among them were Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, both of whom are Cuban-American.
Cruz on Saturday called for the Department of Justice to open an investigation into the driver of a car that drove into a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman. “The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate,” Cruz said.
Rubio called on President Trump to specifically condemn white supremacy, tweeting, “Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottseville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists.”
Nevertheless, New York Times investigative reporter Eric Lipton was not impressed, accusing the pair of putting on airs for future political gain. “Sorry to be cynical,” Lipton tweeted on Sunday, “but most of all Rubio and Ted Cruz to me seem mostly to be doing a tremendous job of posturing for 2020.”