COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The El Paso County Republican Party held a fundraising dinner in Colorado Springs Saturday night. Many GOP lawmakers in attendance agreeing that President Trump did not go far enough in calling the slaughter of three people during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia an act of domestic terrorism.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers saying, "I agree with Senator Gardner and Senator Bennet that the president should be condemnatory of the actions of the white supremacist organizations and not say this is everybody's problem."
Suthers referring to a tweet by Cory Gardner saying "We must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism."
Democratic Senator Michael Bennet tweeting "Today's attack is not the result of many sides it's an act of domestic terrorism. @Potus should explicitly denounce white supremacy."
Suthers says Colorado Springs has a unit within CSPD that gathers intelligence on rallies that may take place to ensure a police presence is on hand to protect the public.
U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn also said the president should clarify his remarks.
"If its an act of domestic terrorism then the president should call a spade a spade. Yes the president should call it like it is," Lamborn said.
Gubernatorial candidate Victor Mitchell of Castle Rock captured the sentiment of the evening saying, "It was clearly domestic terrorism and we need to call it what it is," Mitchell said. "At the end of the day we might have different republicans and independents and democrats but we're all Americans. I think at times we seem to forget that.
Organizers of the fundraising dinner say they hope to raise $30,000 dollars to go towards electing El Paso County republicans in Colorado races.