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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Raja Condemns President Trump’s Doubling Down on the Moral Equivalency of Hate-Preachers and Those Opposing Them in Charlottesville

August 15, 2017
Press Release
“Our country knows the price of hate too well to deny it, to marginalize it, or to accept David Duke’s twisted view of the world”

SCHAUMBURG, IL –  Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement in response to President Trump’s comments this afternoon on the events in Charlottesville:

“It took President Trump two days to denounce neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan, and other white supremacists. Today, he doubled down on blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville and defended people who chanted anti-Semitic slogans in a torchlit rally. The scene would have been appalling in Nuremberg in 1937. In 2017, it chilled me to the bone to hear the President of the United States say that some of the participants were ‘very fine people.’ Our country knows the price of hate too well to deny it, to marginalize it, or to accept David Duke’s twisted view of the world. I condemn in the strongest possible terms any moral equivalency between white nationalists and those who would peacefully oppose them.

From Little Round Top at Gettysburg to the beaches of Normandy, millions of Americans have carried forth the torch of freedom. Thousands of Americans made the ultimate sacrifice in the quest to rid the world of tyranny, oppression, and injustice. It is a disgrace to the legacy of those brave men and women – living and dead – for the President to in any way accommodate values so antithetical to those of their nation.”