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Christian radio owner: 'Trump must repent or resign'

'No equivalency between Nazi white supremacists and counter-protesters,' Tucson media conservative says

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Doug Martin, the owner of a group of conservative Christian-oriented radio stations in Tucson, said Wednesday morning that President Donald Trump must "repent humbly or resign" after blaming both sides for the violence at the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va.

"There is no equivalency between the Nazi white supremacists and the counter-protesters," said the owner of Good News Communications, which operates KVOI and K-LOVE, among other stations. Martin said he was "shocked and disappointed" by Trump's comments Tuesday in which the president said there were "very fine people" at the rally which an anti-fascist counter-protester was killed.

Martin posted on Facebook on Wednesday:

I am shocked and disappointed by what President Trump said at the press conference yesterday. There is no equivalency between the Nazi white supremacists and the counter-protesters. Folks supported him because he wasn't a politician, not understanding that part of being a politician is to weigh your words (and tweets) wisely.

Pastor Scott Richards used to say "emotions are a great slave, but a terrible master". When we run on our emotions and speak (or tweet) before we think we get into trouble. We must oppose the evil intent and hateful rhetoric of racist groups and come together under the banner of the love in Christ. I am hoping and praying that the president repents humbly or resigns.

Martin's KVOI is home to several local talk radio shows, including the daily Bill Buckmaster Show news program, the rightwing Wakeup Tucson, and others.

With dozens of national Republicans specifically blasting President Donald Trump's responses to the fatal neo-Nazi rally in Virginia, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally made a restrained comment Tuesday evening: "Let's be clear: white supremacy or any form of racism, bigotry, violence or domestic terrorism has no place in America."

McSally's tweet came after days of calls by local Democratic activists for her to comment on the incident. While she had tweeted about a drug bust in Douglas and tourism in Bisbee, McSally had previously been silent on the weekend's attacks by white supremacists.

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The Republican congresswoman's statement also followed the continuing controversy over Trump's statements. Beyond calls from Democrats, dozens of prominent GOP conservatives repeatedly challenged the president of specifically condemn white supremacy and neo-Nazis.

Trump's initial tepid remarks about the rally that led to the deaths of three in Charlottesville on Saturday were followed by a condemnation of white supremacists on Monday — but Trump walked back those comments in an angry press conference Tuesday.

Instead, Trump blamed "both sides" and said there were "very fine people" among those gathered at the so-called "Unite the Right" rally. While McSally's condemnation was released Tuesday, many of her GOP colleagues had blasted both the white supremacist movement and Trump himself in much stronger terms to several days.

House Speaker Paul Ryan didn't mention Trump or Charlottesville, but tweeted after Trump's latest change in course: "We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity."

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a conservative House member from Florida, responded to Trump on Tuesday by tweeting:  "Blaming 'both sides' for #Charlottesville?! No. Back to relativism when dealing with KKK, Nazi sympathizers, white supremacists? Just no."

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, responded to Trump's statements: "No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes."

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Aug 18, 2017, 9:30 pm
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I will sleep better tonight knowing that true Christians will not permit this Cannanite to continue. He would not last one hour in our mans Marine Corps.

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