Capito criticizes Trump, says he should unite the country

U.S. President Donald Trump accompanied by Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) arrive at Huntington tri-state airport for a rally in Huntington, West Virginia U.S., August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A Republican U.S. senator from one of Donald Trump’s most popular states says the president’s comments about the violent white supremacist rally in Virginia has created a firestorm and that he should unite the country against racism.

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito told the Charleston Gazette-Mail in a telephone interview that Trump’s most egregious comments were referring to some of the neo-Nazi protesters as “very fine people.” Capito told the newspaper she could not find a fine face in the crowd and that she was not going to try.

The first-term senator rarely criticizes Republican leadership.

But she said Trump has “not handled the situation very well at all” and said “anti-Semitic, racist, white supremacists … should have no place in this country.”

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