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Yarmuth Statement on White Supremacist and Neo-Nazi Violence in Charlottesville

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) issued the statement below condemning the violence that erupted during demonstrations by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia:

“I join Americans across the country in mourning today’s tragic loss of life in Charlottesville, Virginia in the violent aftermath of a white supremacist rally. I reject the disgusting and un-American display that fueled it. This is the predictable consequence of the increasing political provocations that have fanned the flames of racist hate. Failing to acknowledge that obvious fact, or pretending that everyone shares responsibility for this tragedy, is sheer deception. It is past time for our national leaders — starting with our President — to take a strong stand against bigotry and condemn hate speech before it turns violent. Anything less is a cowardly abdication of our solemn obligation to the people who elected us.”