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Miami Republicans part ways with Trump on Charlottesville

Three Miami Republican lawmakers wasted no time Tuesday to again denounce President Donald Trump after he again insistedthat "both sides" were to blame for deadly violence over the weekend during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

Sen. Marco Rubio and Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen took to Twitter after Trump, in an aggressively defiant news conference, maintained that counter-protesters — whom the president called the "alt-left" — were also "very, very violent."

"Blaming 'both sides' for #Charlottesville?! No," Ros-Lehtinen wrote. "Back to relativism when dealing with KKK, Nazi sympathizers, white supremacists? Just no."

"Mr. President, you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of the blame," Rubio wrote in one of six consecutive tweets. "They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain."

".@potus just doesn't get it," Curbelo wrote. "No moral equivalence between manifestations for and against white supremacy. He's got to stop."

They were hardly alone: Sen. Bill Nelson, the only Florida Democrat elected statewide, agreed.

"There is no defending white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK," he wrote.

A combative Trump had said removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee — the action white nationalists were protesting — would lead to a similar effort to do away with monuments to George Washington, because Washington owned slaves.

"You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?" he asked.

The three Cuban Americans were among the slew of Republicans and Democrats who took Trump to task Saturday when he failed to specifically condemn white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan groups — known as the "alt-right" — who marched in Virginia. James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged with plowing his silver Dodge Challenger into a counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, whose father lives in Brevard County.

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