Montana leaders issue statements on Virginia violence via social media

Riot police protect members of the Ku Klux Klan from counter-protesters as they arrive to rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Montana’s congressional delegation, along with Gov. Steve Bullock, all issued statements over social media following the weekend events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bullock tweeted the following statement at 12:27 p.m. on Saturday and posted the same statement to Facebook at 1:57 p.m. the same day.

“We will not tolerate hate, bigotry, or racism of any kind against our fellow Americans – including our neighbors here in Montana, in Virginia, or anywhere else.”

Sen. Steve Daines tweeted at 10:17 a.m. on Saturday. He also appeared on Fox News after the clashes in Virginia.

“This is bigotry. This is racism These are views we as the American people should reject.”

Sen. Jon Tester tweeted at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday.

“I condemn the hatred, bigotry, and violence in Charlottesville. Racism and hate have no place in America.”

Rep. Greg Gianforte posted the following statement to Facebook on Sunday morning.

“I wholeheartedly reject the vile hatred and disgusting bigotry that was on display in #Charlottesville. Those who embrace such views do not represent the values that built our great nation. Susan and I pray for the victims of this senseless violence.”