After protests by white nationalists turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, President Trump responded by saying: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
Here’s how Texas officials are responding to the news from Virginia:
“There is no excuse for violence in our public discourse,” Cruz said. “I join all who are taking a stand to show that these are not the values our country represents, and I believe that peace, unity, and truth will prevail. Americans must stand united in opposing those who aim to divide us through hatred and bigotry.”
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Twitter he was praying for Charlottesville.
“We must stand against all who try to divide us with hatred and bigotry,” Patrick said.
Other lawmakers requested prayer.
“Please join me in sending prayers to Charlottesville,” U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, said. “This hateful violence is deeply saddening and must be condemned in the strongest terms.”
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, held a moment of silence for Charlottesville during a town hall Saturday afternoon in Helotes. “There’s no role for racism or bigotry in the United States of America,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, criticized the President’s response on Twitter and then offered her sympathy to “those injured during this terrible demonstration and to the family of the deceased.”
Joining the long list of Texas lawmakers condemning the violence Saturday afternoon were U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin and U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville.
Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.