Senator Corker speaks out about Charlottesville rally

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) — Senator Corker made a stop in Cleveland  to speak with residents and share his thoughts on issues facing our nation.

Tuesday afternoon people listened to Senator Bob Corker at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Cleveland.

He shared his views on major challenges facing our country. He talked about healthcare, bipartisan support, and tax reform. Another topic on his mind was the rally in Charlottesville this past weekend.

“It was despicable. I mean groups that report to be white supremacy groups, KKK groups, or Neo Nazi groups, I mean that spread division and hate, should be reprimanded for what they do,” Sen. Corker said.

He says even though we have free speech, people should not support this kind of behavior.

“Peacefully people can certainly express themselves in ways they wish. I want no part of it. And our nation is better than that and I hope that the outcome here has meant significant push back in our nation to that kind of effort.”

In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, there were protests in Nashville at the State Capitol. Demonstrators demanded the removal of a statue of KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from the building. Senator Corker says he thinks it should be moved out of the capitol and put in a museum.

“I think having this gentleman’s bust in a museum someplace to demonstrate the history of our state is fine. This is a state issue. It is not something that I am involved in but if I were in the general assembly, I would vote to remove his bust in the actual capital which is there. And the capital is a place where the ideals. The current ideals are debated,” Sen. Corker said.

He says it is important recognize how history has shaped our country, but not in the State Capitol.

“I think a place where people come to move a city, a county or a nation ahead and come there. The things that are represented there. Represent the best of those particular entities and if there are symbols that are offensive then obviously they have no place there.”

This isn’t Senator Corker’s only stop. He is traveling across the Volunteer State this month to hear from Tennesseans.

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