Dozens of Republican lawmakers, as well as business and community leaders, have distanced themselves from President Trump since his comments on the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, after which he blamed “many sides” for an outbreak of violence.
Many Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, released statements denouncing the racism and violence on display in Charlottesville, but did not address Mr. Trump directly. Mr. Ryan later said at a town hall on Monday that he believed Mr. Trump “messed up” in his remarks and that “it was equivocating and that was wrong.”
Others went further in criticizing the president:
Some of the country’s most influential corporate leaders served on White House business advisory councils until the groups were disbanded last week after Mr. Trump’s controversial remarks. Some of the business leaders resigned from the councils before they fell apart, and others released strong statements distancing themselves from the president.
Just one member of the president’s evangelical advisory board has stepped down after his remarks.
All 16 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned on Friday. “Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville,” they wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump.
The members include: Paula Boggs, Chuck Close, Richard Cohen, Fred Goldring, Howard L. Gottlieb, Vicki Kennedy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anne Luzzatto, Thom Mayne, Kal Penn, Eric Ortner, Ken Solomon, Caroline Taylor, Jill Cooper Udall, Andrew Weinstein, George C. Wolfe and John Lloyd Young.