“We know that our nation has had a rough several days after the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. Make no mistake – White Supremacists, the KKK, neo-Nazis and all groups that preach hate, prejudice, racism and bigotry have no place in our country and must be explicitly condemned. As a United States Attorney, I prosecuted federal hate crimes. I strongly encourage the Department of Justice to follow through on the investigation from last weekend’s events.”
"Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, like any racists, tear apart the American character. They deny that we are all Americans, without regard to race, creed or background.
"That is why even going back to when I was governor of Boys’ States in 1957, I called for outlawing the Ku Klux Klan, and as a student editor in 1962, I helped to desegregate Vanderbilt University. To open doors to African Americans, as governor, I appointed the first black Supreme Court Justice and the first black Chancellor. As president of the University of Tennessee, I appointed the first black UT vice-presidents.
"I will continue to oppose those who would close doors to Americans based upon race, religion, or background."
“Every day I go down to vote and [there are[ numbers of reporters down there waiting to ask questions, many times about tweets and those kinds of things.. Look I don’t respond. Okay? I just don’t respond. I respond for myself. I think what happened in Charlottesville was repugnant. White nationalists, white supremacy groups have no place, to me. They obviously have fundamental rights to peacefully, peacefully, express their views, but what happened when one of their members drove a car into a crowd, that was terrorism, I couldn’t agree more.
“I don’t respond to someone else’s comments. I speak for myself, and I’ll let others editorialize about other people’s comments.”
“This is no disrespect.to any president….Every president’s budget is a two-day story, and it goes into File 13…. Nobody pays any attention to a President’s budget. No.one. ...When Rex Tillerson came before our committee as Secretary of State — my friend Rex Tillerson I talk with all the time — I didn’t spend a moment going through the president’s budget for the State Department, because we’re not going to act on it.
“For people who have fears, Congress spends money. Okay? Congress never pays attention to a President’s budget. Okay? I mean, it’s nice to look at, [but] again,I haven’t even read the President’s budget.So don’t be concerned about what’s getting cut or whether the State Department’s going to have this happen or other departments....It’s just not a factor in what we do….”