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Congressman Tom Garrett

Representing the 5th District of Virginia

Garrett disagrees with Trump on 'good people' (Roanoke Times)

August 24, 2017
In The News

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Republican Rep. Tom Garrett once again on Tuesday condemned the recent violent acts in Charlottesville and the white nationalists who came to the city, and disagreed with how the president commented on it in the days following Aug. 12.

Garrett — who represents Virginia’s 5th District, which includes Charlottesville — said his position on not removing Confederate monuments has not changed .

He again disavowed Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Unite the Right rally who met with him at his Washington office in March.

President Donald Trump has come under fire for his remarks about the events in Charlottesville, saying on Aug. 15 that there were good people on both sides.

On Aug. 12, white nationalists and white supremacists were met by counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville in what turned into deadly violence.

“If there were any good people there, then they were remarkably poor in judgment to make league with people who were overtly and clearly evil, so I haven’t identified the good people if they existed,” Garrett said. “My frustration with the president is I’m tired of having to say I think I knew what he meant.”