WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement in response to President Trump's vile equivocation yesterday on the violence in Charlottesville:

"White supremacy in any form has no place in our society, our politics or our civil discourse.  It takes surpassing ignorance, total moral bankruptcy and a pathetic sense of entitlement to have marched with the KKK and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.  Period, full stop, and I am shocked I need to say so, much less to the President of the United States. 

"I condemn the violence in Charlottesville and the hateful ideology behind the late night march and the daytime rally, and I stand aghast with the rest of the nation and leaders in both parties at the President's equivocation on this fundamental principle of decency.   The President betrays the ideals and legacy of the country he leads - a country which paid with the lives of millions of its people to defeat white supremacy and Nazism."