McEachin Statement on President Trump's Comments Confirming Initial Charlottesville Violence Response

August 15, 2017
Press Release

RICHMOND – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following President Trump’s comments that confirm his belief that both sides are to blame for the horror in Charlottesville:

“The President’s attempt to equate those who hate with those who oppose hate is outrageous. This afternoon, Mr. Trump’s true colors revealed that Saturday’s appalling rhetoric truly was a wink and nod to the white supremacist groups that represent the real Donald J. Trump. As I said this morning, our President seems more like the president of the ‘alt-right.’

“This President has abrogated his moral authority as president. In the aftermath of senseless violence and the subsequent loss of life, we need a compassionate convener, who demonstrates with words and actions the best of who we are as Americans. His remarks on Saturday and again today added more chaos, bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism into an already volatile moment, providing a dangerous foreshadowing of the direction of our country.

“Mr. President, here's a hint. When David Duke is thanking you, you're on the wrong side."

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