Posted on 18 August 2017
The Democratic Central Committee is heartbroken and horrified by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. The reality that white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK marched in American streets chanting racist sentiments, promoting violence, and committing an act of terrorism is detestable and intolerable. Bigotry and anti-Semitism have no place in America. Violence and hate have no place in America.
We are encouraged by the resolve that many leaders across the ideological spectrum have demonstrated in their condemnation of this atrocity and of enablers of such un-American values. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush released a joint statement denouncing racism:
“America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms," they said in a statement. "As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city's most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham took a hard stance on Wednesday regarding the initial remarks at a White House news conference:
“Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. [Heather] Heyer. I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency … Many Republicans do not agree with and will fight back against the idea that the Party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world.”
Sen. John McCain tweeted, “There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate & bigotry. The President of the United States should say so”
At this pivotal time in America’s history, our nation needs strong leadership: leadership that is not afraid to, without qualification, decry despicable acts regardless of political climate. We commend those who have chosen this path and look forward to others following their example. In the now immortal words of Heather Heyer, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”