Following the violent protests in Charlottesville this weekend, President Trump's extended refusal to directly condemn white supremacists increasingly became the focus of many Americans attention. The White House scrambled to claim that President Trump's comments, which blamed the violence in Charlottesville on "many sides," was referring to White Supremacists but their arguments didn't stick. Though Trump, after two days, finally took to the podium and managed to condemn racists, many people, like Pearce Tefft, were quick to respond. Pearce's son Peter is a prominent white nationalist who was present at the protest this past Saturday. In an op-ed for Inforum, a news site that covers North Dakota and Minnesota (Tefft lives in Fargo), the elder Tefft disavowed his son.
Pearce Tefft issued a statement saying exactly where he stands:
I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions. We do not know specifically where he learned these beliefs. He did not learn them at home.I have shared my home and hearth with friends and acquaintances of every race, gender and creed. I have taught all of my children that all men and women are created equal. That we must love each other all the same.