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Fox News was unable to find a Republican to go on air and defend statements made Aug. 15 by President Donald Trump about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12.

The president said at a press conference that counter-protesters were equally to blame for the deadly clashes as white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, The Hill reported.

Fox News host Shepard Smith spoke about the issue on his show.

"Our booking team -- and they're good -- reached out to Republicans of all stripes across the country today," said Smith, according to The Hill.

"Let's be honest, Republicans don't often really mind coming on Fox News Channel," he added. "We couldn't get anyone to come and defend him here because we thought, in balance, someone should do that."

A number of Republicans have spoken out against white supremacy following the Aug. 12 events.

"We worked very hard at it throughout the day, and we were unsuccessful," Smith added. "And of those who are condemning the president's condemnable actions, I've not heard any prominent leaders, former presidents, members of the House or the Senate use his name while speaking in generalities."

At the Aug. 15 press conference, Trump compared white supremacists and neo-Nazis to the "alt left."

"There are two sides to a story," Trump said, according to NBC News. "I thought what took place was a horrible moment for the country, but there are two sides to a story."

Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush issued a joint statement Aug. 16 urging the United States to reject racism and bigotry.

"We must be clear," House Speaker Paul Ryan wrote on Twitter, The Hill reported. "White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity."

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said in a statement Aug. 16 that Trump's words were "dividing Americans, not healing them."

"President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist, neo-Nazis and KKK members," Graham said, according to CNBC.

Trump's comments were supported by David Duke, former leader of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan.

"Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa," Duke wrote on Twitter, according to CNN. The account is not verified by Twitter, but appears to contain videos posted of and by him.

Sources: The Hill, CNN, NBC News, CNBC / Featured Image: The White House/Flickr / Embedded Images: Frank Grass via Wikimedia Commons, Capt. Andrew Bolla via Wikimedia Commons

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