Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin agrees with President Donald Trump that both sides were to blame for the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12.
Bevin commented on the violent clashes in an interview Aug. 15, the same day Trump declared that counter-demonstrators were no less responsible than neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, HuffPost reported.
"The kind of racial hatred that we're seeing from people, as has been said by the president, on all sides -- people are offended at the idea that people take exception with a particular type of hatred versus another," Bevin said during the interview, according to HuffPost. "All of it is reprehensible. It just is. There's no reason for it, there's no room for it. It doesn't further anything. And the fact that it has been allowed to accelerate out of control, as it has, is is irresponsible on the part of people who allowed it to happen."
One woman was killed when a neo-Nazi sympathizer allegedly drove his car into a group of counter-protesters. Many more people were injured in the clashes.
"The fact that people were allowed to clash with one another as they were in Virginia, that people were encouraged to come in and counter-protest and be just as violent and angry as the hateful people that came in in the first place -- people knew what was gonna happen, and it's unfortunate," added Bevin. "And the result of that is that innocent lives were lost. And I find the whole thing disgusting."
Trump's comments Aug. 15 were made at a press conference in Trump Tower in New York City.
"You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent," Trump told reporters. "There were very fine people on both sides."
Bevin's remarks come at a time when Kentucky could face similar violent scenes. A plan has been released by a city council member in Lexington to remove two Confederate statues from their current positions, prompting white supremacist groups to call for protests against this.
"I think moving the statues and providing info about them -- why they were placed there, what their meaning is, providing more information about Reconstruction and how it was handled in Kentucky -- would be useful," said Lexington vice mayor and city council member Steve Kay. "And the people who have a legit interest in maintaining that history will find that acceptable."
Jim Gray, Lexington's mayor, said he will make a request for the council to vote on the proposal, which would move the statues from the Lafayette County Courthouse grounds to a new location.
"There's no perfect time to do the right thing," said Gray, after being asked by Fox News if the plan should proceed now following the deaths in Charlottesville. "We should do the right thing all the time."