Republican Sen. Tim Scott has challenged President Donald Trump's explanation for the violence at an Aug. 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
After meeting with Scott on Sept. 13, Trump reiterated his contention that "both sides" were to blame for the violence, which left one counter-protester dead, The Hill reported.
But Scott, the only African-American Republican in the Senate, disagreed.
"In yesterday's meeting, Senator Scott was very, very clear about the brutal history surrounding the white supremacist movement and their horrific treatment of black and other minority groups," a statement from Scott's office declared, according to The Hill. "Antifa is bad and should be condemned, yes, but white supremacists have been killing and tormenting black Americans for centuries."
Scott noted that he had tried to educate Trump on the history of white supremacy.
"It has to do with the affirmation of hate groups who over three centuries of this country's history have made it their mission to create upheaval in minority communities as their reason for existence," added Scott.
"There's no realistic comparison. Period," Scott added.
Scott said after his meeting with Trump that he was "encouraged."
The meeting came a day after Congress passed a resolution explicitly condemning white supremacist groups for the Charlottesville violence. Trump will now be asked to sign the resolution. The White House did not say whether Trump would sign the document in public.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One on Sept. 14, Trump stated that there were "some pretty bad dudes on the other side also."
"Now because of what's happened since then with antifa," added Trump. "When you look at really what's happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people are saying and people have actually written: 'Gee, Trump may have a point.' I said there's some very bad people on the other side also."
Trump went on to note that he had a "great conversation" with Scott.
Democrats were dismissive of the meeting.
"It's too little, too late," the Rev. Al Sharpton told Politico. "It took weeks and two hurricanes for him to finally wake up and realize the gravity of what happened there. He has not reached out to civil rights leaders -- he sits down with the comfort of someone in his party. He didn't reach out to even other Democratic congressmen or senators about it. it's cosmetic outreach. It's a photo-op."
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said it would be important for Trump to sign the resolution.
"But when Virginia and the whole country looked to the president to bring us together and denounce Nazis and white supremacists, he poured salt in the wound instead," McAuliffe added. "It will take more than resolutions and meetings with allies to undo that damage."
Sources: The Hill, Politico / Featured Image: Jim Mattis/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Bedford/Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Department of Defense/dvidshub.net via Wikimedia Commons