Senator Ron Johnson: Trump words Tuesday on Charlottesville 'didn't move us closer'

The Jeff Wagner Show


Another week, another contentious issue surrounding the President of the United States.

This time, it's his reaction to the unrest in Charlottesville this past weekend, where white supremacists marched, counter-protesters responded, and one of those protesters - Heather Heyer - died after a reported Nazi sympathizer crashed into her with his car in a hit-and-run crash.

President Trump responded with differing effectiveness in numerous ways, with the latest being a blame of both sides including what he has first coined the "alt-left" - the counter-protesters against white supremacists.

"It didn't move us closer. It certainly didn't put the issue behind us," said Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson on WTMJ's "Jeff Wagner Show.

"I just find the whole thing depressing."

Johnson also spoke of Milwaukee Democratic Representative Gwen Moore's call for the impeachment of President Trump in light of these events and current investigations into possible connections with Russia and the 2016 elections.

"It's certainly not unifying, is it?" said Johnson.

"I'm not going to comment on what others say...but I really am asking every leader from local focus on unifying and uniting this country. We need it now more than ever."

Johnson's message Wednesday involved a desire to "come together...leaders across the heal this nation, do everything we can do stop dividing us."

He spoke of using this weekend's events in Virginia as "a lesson to prevent it from happening in the future," but wanted to focus on commonalities and focusing on the future.

"There is a lot of evil out there, but let's accentuate the positive and move forward," said Johnson.

"Lay out all the areas of agreement. Put the divisive issues off to the side (to start)."

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