Sen. Tom Carper issued a statement Aug. 16 after President Donald Trump’s remarks regarding the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“The United States of America was built upon the principle that every man and woman should have equal opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Carper said. “This weekend in Charlottesville, a radical group of bigots took to the streets to violently proclaim that this sacred right belongs only to certain people. They are wrong. They are cowards, and those who maintain neutrality in the face of such clear evil are cowards, too. We all have a moral obligation stand up to their hatred. Those of us who have been elected to serve the American people have an even greater responsibility to show leadership in trying times like these. The president's failure to do so is beyond shameful.”

“The golden rule — to treat others the way we want to be treated — is a guiding principle in my life,” Carper said. “Those words are particularly important now. Our country is resilient, and we never turn away from a challenge, no matter how great. Let us summon that resolve and insist that love triumphs over hate. We must never give up.”