On August 11th and 12th in Charlottesville, Virginia, a largely male group of racists affiliated with various white supremacist hate groups descended upon the town for a “Unite the Right” rally. KKK members, Neo-Nazis, alt-righters, and other white domestic terrorists openly threw Nazi salutes; used anti-LGBT, anti-black, anti-Muslim chants and symbols; and assaulted counter-protesters. Horrifyingly, one Neo-Nazi attendee drove his car into a group of protesters, injuring 19 people and murdering 32 year-old Heather Heyer.
In the wake of this despicable violence, Trump has repeatedly failed to condemn these racist domestic terrorists. He has now twice claimed that “both sides” were responsible for the horror in Charlottesville, and his latest remarks have utterly negated his earlier “repudiation” of racism and racist terrorists. Donald J. Trump’s comments demonstrate he is willing to defend the KKK, the alt-right movement, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists and endorse their acts of violence and hatred. There is no ambiguity about who caused the terror in Charlottesville, about who advocated for genocidal violence, about who murdered a young woman who was standing up against terrorism. Every single member of Congress must stand united in condemning both white supremacists and Trump’s comments excusing these racists’ hateful, harmful bigotry.
CALL BILLY LONG: (417) 889-1800
CALL SEN. BLUNT: (417) 877-7814
CALL SEN. MCCASKILL: (417) 868-8745
SCRIPT (5 calls) Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springfield.
I’m calling to express my outrage that President Trump continues to defy common sense and decency by defending racist violence in Charlottesville. I demand that _______________ join [his/her] colleagues on both sides of the aisle to denounce the President’s statements.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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