After Trump blasted Graham on Twitter, the senator who was one of Trump's rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination fired back.
GOP leaders issued cautious statements denouncing neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups, but stopped short of criticizing Trump directly - despite calls from Democrats and other critics for a public censure.
But the party faces a complex task: While addressing race and history in ways that reflect the party's values, Democrats also need to focus on issues like jobs and the economy that resonate with a wider range of voters, including white independents, ahead of the 2018 midterm election. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has criticized the president's response to the violence and death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia. "So foolish!" Trump said.
Trump's reaction to the violence found some agreement among independent Americans.
'I think they do, ' he answered.
The planned rally came the next day, and the members of the groups protesting the removal of the statue, including a number of so-called alt-right groups and white supremacists and neo-Nazis, were confronted by counterprotesters.
The reverberations from the violence in Charlottesville continue to echo as President Donald Trump faces further fallout from his handling of the situation.
It's not helpful to the Republican Party and its brand.
Of course, by ripping the media on Charlottesville, the president is keeping alive a story that, by any measure, has been politically damaging for him.
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook joined a chorus of business leaders who have rebuked Trump. And despite the fact that it was white supremacists who surrounded a black man and beat and stomped on him, and an alleged white supremacist who is accused of killing Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more when he plowed through the crowd in a Dodge Challenger. He's not going to change; Tuesday's press conference is proof of that.
The president uses Flake's own last name as an insult.
"What this president can't seem to comprehend is that the darkest parts of our history are best learned through teachers, textbooks, and museums, not statues put on pedestals in town squares and public buildings", Price said.
Of course, this led to much criticism and backlash from the left, including a wide variety of musical artists who displayed their disgust on Twitter. "White supremacists and Neo-Nazis are evil and shouldn't be defended". I disagree with Trump's arguments, but they certainly don't express racism. They've labeling organizations like the NRSC and NRCC as happy to ride Trump's electoral coattails for nearly a year despite repeated racial controversies.
Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America, she said she will not talk to the president after a news conference in which Mr Trump equated violence by white supremacists at the rally with violence by those protesting against it.
Hours after releasing that statement, the DCCC sent reporters another release that accuses a smattering of vulnerable Republicans of helping to "pave the way for President Trump's racially charged presidency".