A word from Iowa’s only Democratic congressman, Dave Loebsack.
I’ve been both heartbroken and angered in the days since watching the horrific acts of violence and hatred from the radical racist fringe that took place in Charlottesville – and astonished at President Trump’s utter incompetence and inability to lead our nation in the aftermath.
I want to be very clear here: The people responsible for this vile act of domestic terrorism and loss of three American lives in Charlottesville were the white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.
President Trump’s refusal to unequivocally denounce the hate groups responsible for the deaths of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates, demonstrates a profound lack of leadership. And worse, it puts us on a dangerous course that could lead to further acts of violence from now emboldened white supremacists and anti-Semitic individuals who believe that the White House is on their side.
I won’t stand by and allow hate to win.
It’s time for us to stand together and condemn these racist groups, and formally condemn President Trump’s comments and lack of moral authority in the wake of Charlottesville – I’m calling for Congress to censure President Trump and stop this hatred from further polluting our nation.
Leadership demands that you call out evil when you see it, you bring people together in its aftermath, and you fight to ensure it never happens again.
President Trump has failed in every one of these tests.
Generations of Americans before us have fought and died to end the spread of racism and anti-Semitism. It’s now time for us to stand up once again, and do what is right for the future of our country.
No matter our party or office, we need to join together and send a message to President Trump, and let history show that we stood against hate. Join me in demanding Congress officially censure President Trump and his response to the Charlottesville tragedy.