CT Dems’ Reaction: “We thought Sam Belsito was finished after his tortured defense of white supremacists and neo-Nazis, but his response – blaming the media and refusing to acknowledge that he was wrong – has been inadequate to say the least. But the real question here is where legislative leaders stand. The leader of Belsito’s GOP caucus, Themis Klarides, who counted on his support to be elected leader, has been silent on this matter. Does she agree with Belsito that some white supremacists are ‘fine and nice people’? Will she support his re-election efforts? If Representative Klarides wants to be seen as a leader for all Connecticut residents, she will publicly speak out against Belsito’s vile statements.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby
Journal Inquirer: Belsito says comment on ‘nice people’ was misconstrued
The state representative from Tolland is backtracking on comments he made during a televised interview last week, saying his words were misinterpreted.
Rep. Sam Belsito, R-Tolland, was interviewed Thursday during a WFSB-TV3 news broadcast and was asked about his support for President Donald Trump’s assertion that the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead was due to actions on both the side of white supremacist groups and counter protesters.