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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Louise Line: Charlottesville

November 14, 2017
Louise Line
August 18, 2017
What we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend has been difficult for many of us. So many of you have written and called to express your outrage and I want you to know that I stand with you.
Racism, anti-Semitism, and white nationalism must be condemned by everyone, especially the president of the United States. Instead, his rhetoric this week enabled these dangerous ideologies.
Far from apologizing for his words, the president has remained silent. But it is especially important that every member of Congress make clear that they object to this offensive language from the leader of the free world. That’s why I took action by co-sponsoring a resolution that would censure the president and condemn his remarks.

This resolution denounces President Trump for failing to immediately name and condemn the white supremacist groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville. It also holds him accountable for employing people with white nationalists ties in the White House. This includes Steve Bannon, who has a disturbing history of white nationalist ties and a record of repeatedly and aggressively pushing stories that promote anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism. It is beyond the pale to have people like Mr. Bannon working anywhere in the White House, let alone steps away from the Oval Office.

In an editorial that praises this resolution, USA Today writes: “When it comes to ideologies of hate and racism, the nation's leaders need to speak forcefully with one voice.”

I couldn’t agree more. There is simply no moral equivalency between white supremacists, the KKK, neo-Nazi groups and those who stand for our values of equality and inclusivity.