Progressives Blast Trump, Demand Firing of “White Supremacists” from The White House
Congressional Progressives today blasted President U.S. Donald Trump for encouraging and empowering white supremacists throughout the country with his words and actions.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) said it should not have taken Trump up to three days to “build up the courage to condemn violent neo-Nazis and the KKK” involved in this weekend’s deadly protest in Charlottesville, VA.
The group’s co-chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) said in a statement that Trump’s racially-charged words and policies have empowered racists to commit acts of violence “in broad day light.”
“Today, Americans of color and immigrant and religious minority communities are grappling with the fact that white supremacists – inspired by President Trump’s racially-charged words and policies – feel empowered to openly march and commit acts of violence in broad daylight,” the Congressional Progressive Caucus said.
“President Trump’s appalling and shameful reluctance to name the groups involved in the attacks until today speaks volumes about the content of his character. Mr. President, it shouldn’t take you three days to build up the courage to condemn violent neo-Nazis and the KKK,” they continued.
The CPC said the recent violent outburst in Charlottesville, VA was not an isolated incident and is connected to Donald Trump’s discriminatory agenda.
“This violent outburst is far from an isolated incident and is intricately connected to the President’s discriminatory agenda, which includes construction of the border wall, the Muslim Ban, mass deportations, and the open demonization of urban communities.”
The progressive group called on President Trump to demonstrate his opposition to white supremacy by “immediately firing white supremacists working in the White House including Stephen Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller.”
“President Trump must demonstrate his opposition to white supremacy by immediately firing the white supremacists currently working in the White House, including Stephen Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller.”
“Further, we call on Speaker Ryan and House Republicans to demonstrate their opposition to white supremacy by finally removing Confederate statues and imagery from the U.S. Capitol.”
“Finally, the Department of Homeland Security should reopen the Extremism and Radicalization Branch of the Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division and issue an updated report on the threat posed by domestic right-wing extremism.”
Despite the violence witnessed by Americans in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend, it took President Donald Trump three days to condemn the group. Even then, he failed to disavow their support of his campaign and administration.
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