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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Democratic Party blasts Trump's remarks on Charlottesville demonstration

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 1:33 PM

The Democratic Party of Arkansas has excoriated Donald Trump and said he should apologize for his remarks about the clash at the white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville.

There is only one side to blame, said Party Chair Michael John Gray:

“Just to be clear, a neo-Nazi murdered a woman, wounded nineteen others, and committed an act of terrorism against peaceful demonstrators. Yesterday, President Donald Trump expressed sympathy with those standing with Nazis and blamed the violence on “both sides.” No, sir, Mr. President. There is only one side to blame for the violence and murder in Charlottesville last weekend. The statements made by President Trump yesterday were reckless, harmful, and demonstrably false.

Whether intentional or not, the President’s statements provided encouragement to hate groups around the country and were cheered by despicable humans like former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke, who publicly thanked the President for his statements. Our President is providing comfort to enemies of the state, known domestic terrorists, and avowed hate groups. This is simply beyond the pale. It is time to demand an apology from this President and the demands for the apology should come from every side of the aisle and from leaders in both the public and private sector. Providing encouragement and comfort to hate is not an American value and hate is not valued in Arkansas. We should all stand united in condemning President Trump’s hurtful words and incredibly reckless behavior. Silence is no longer acceptable.”
Gray , who said Trump should issue an immediate apology, raises some of the questions that seem relevant for every public official in Arkansas today, but particularly those in Donald Trump's Republican Party.

* Do you agree with or repudiate Donald Trump's finding of equal blame for events in Charlottesville?

* Are there two legitimate sides to white nationalism and racial discrimination and those who oppose it?

* Should any of the monuments to the Confederacy in Arkansas be removed or relocated from public government grounds?

Has any state Republican official criticized Trump personally for his remarks. A few, but only Gov. Asa Hutchinson as early as Saturday, have denounced neo-Nazis, white supremacists and white nationalists.

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