Congressman Yarmuth sends scathing letter to President Trump

08/16/2017 02:17 PM

After a flip-flop in position on violence in Charlottesville on Tuesday, President Trump again blamed “both sides” in a press conference, sparking the outrage of many in Congress.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, an out-spoken critic of Trump, sent a letter to the president condemning Trump’s position.

“I am depressed and horrified that I must once again respond to your position on the Charlottesville incident,” Yarmuth wrote in the letter sent on Wednesday. “However, as an elected official, like you, who has sworn to preserve and protect the Constitution, I cannot be silent when you violate your oath of office.”

“Your comments yesterday were truly deplorable (yes, I went there), but I confess you were right about one thing: there were two sides to the Charlottesville story,” Yarmuth continued in the letter. “Sadly and inexplicably, you refused to take sides. One side was standing up for American values; the other was subverting our democracy. By suggesting that blame for the incident was shared, you ignored the most critical point: American citizens committed to the denial of rights and freedoms for their fellow citizens were openly marching through an American city, making a mockery of the foundational principles of the country.”

Yarmuth continued telling Trump that the question of which group was more violent is “meaningless.”

The Louisville Democrat said that the issue Trump should focus on is “which group deserves the unequivocal denunciation of the leader of the free democracy of the United States.”

“On that question you have failed your fellow citizens and violated the pledge you made on January 20th.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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