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Monday News: Oliver Rips Trump for Not Disavowing Nazis; “When the President Is Un-American”; “RPV Has An Important Choice For 2018”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, August 14. Check out John Oliver ripping “f*cking idiot” Trump – “It doesn’t get easier than disavowing Nazis.”

  • Video: Mike Pence says, “‘We have no tolerance for hate and violence, by white supremacists or neo-Nazis or the KKK,” which is good (although a no brainer and also something his boss couldn’t manage to say), but then lies and says “Yesterday President Trump clearly and unambiguously condemned the bigotry, violence, and hatred which took place on the streets of Charlottesville.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrcn0gnpAN8

  • VA GOP Chair needs a fainting couch, quick, at the thought that Trump’s a white supremacist and authoritarian. Speaking of “utterly absurd,” look in the mirror, John Whitbeck! https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4363/36516255686_f49740aa73_o.jpg

  • Video: “What a pathetic,sniffling little nano-president” – Morning Joe rips Trump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9mT6Lgqqgs

  • Statement from David Reid on the violent protests in Charlottesville

    Ashburn, VA — Today, David Reid has released the following statement regarding the hateful protests this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    “I, like many Americans, was horrified by the violence in Charlottesville this weekend and I am deeply saddened by the loss of life. My family’s thoughts and prayers go out to the grieving families and the injured.

    This alt-right rally is a direct reflection of the hateful and divisive rhetoric from the President. His deranged claim of hatred and bigotry “on many sides” is appalling. The President must condemn these intolerant protests.

    My oldest daughter currently attends the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. While Barbara and I breathed a sigh of relief that she was not on campus during this tragedy, our hearts break for the families of Charlottesville.

    When I joined the military, I took an oath to protect and defend my country. When I married my best friend I swore that same oath to her and our growing family. Now that I am the father of two daughters, I want to protect them from terrorism across the world and here at home.

    I hope you will stand with me and my family and condemn these acts of intolerance and attacks in Charlottesville.

    To my fellow Virginians, please stay safe.”

  • Video: Rep. Donald McEachin on CNN discusses Charlottesville

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfPfGNK5PJ0

  • Quizzical
    • Excellent! Now if Americans would only tear out their water-and-pesticide-intensive monocultures (aka, “lawns”) and replace them with native plants/flowers/etc, we’d be talkin’…

  • Trump hits all-time low (34%-61%) in Gallup. Winning! LOL

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4409/36430804581_ec4457a9e0_b.jpg

  • Video: Fox “News” (unintentionally) hilariously proves that it’s racist to the core

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiZ2Lc-s3yk

  • Video: Larry Sabato says Trump missed his moment, won’t rebuke a big part of his base, needs to fire “all the white nationalists on his staff, starting with Steve Bannon” — “actions speak louder than words”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwbbotVrcCw

  • Ben Hixon Statement On Charlottesville Tragedy

    Ben Hixon, candidate for delegate for the 30th District of Virginia in the fall election, feels that reactions and responses to the tragic violence in Charlottesville over the weekend must reflect the frightening effects that such behavior can have on the core beliefs of the nation.

    “I love this country, I love our constitution, and I love our freedom of speech. To speak as we will, to believe what we want, and to be who we are without fear of persecution is my most cherished freedom.

    But freedom of speech does not mean freedom from denunciation. It doesn’t mean freedom from criticism. The counter-protest rally in Charlottesville is exactly how free speech is supposed to work: let the bigots have their rallies, and let us rise up as individuals united in our condemnation of their hate, and make our voices heard.”

    The candidate added “And that’s why these acts of violence against the counter-protesters are so chilling, why it hits us so deep in the gut. It’s because this violence wasn’t senseless. It wasn’t random. This violence was targeted, with precision, against the counter-protesters who were standing up and using their freedom to speak out against hate. This violence was exactly terrorism: designed to make us afraid, to terrorize us into being silent. Don’t let it work. I’m proud of my friends in the Charlottesville area and across Virginia for letting our voices be heard.”

    The 30th District includes Madison County, Orange County and part of Culpeper County.

  • Money continues to pour in to help “Enron Ed” Gillespie — TN GOP gives $100k to VA GOP

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4373/36572271225_90fc1ef144_b.jpg

  • Statement from DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker Calling on Ed Gillespie to Condemn Corey Stewart’s Hateful Reaction to Charlottesville

    Richmond, Va. — Today, Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement calling on Ed Gillespie to denounce Corey Stewart’s deeply hateful reaction to the attack of terrorism in Charlottesville this weekend:

    “Corey Stewart is a dangerous politician and a threat to our commonwealth’s bedrock values of openness, inclusion and equality. His reaction to this weekend’s apparent act of terrorism in Virginia was vile and indefensible, and his rhetoric is emboldening and empowering exactly the kind of racist hate we saw openly displayed in Charlottesville. He hugs the confederate flag, joins the prominent white supremacists who organized the Charlottesville rally on the campaign trail, and uses his platform to pit Virginians against one another. As the Washington Post reported, Stewart ‘said white nationalists had been unfairly singled out.’ At a time when Virginians have united to stand against white supremacy, Stewart has spouted racist lies that only further divide our commonwealth and poison our politics.

    “Ed Gillespie must immediately condemn Stewart’s bigotry and make clear that his toxic rhetoric has no place in the Party of Lincoln. This isn’t a political question — it’s a moral issue that drives at the heart of who we are as Virginians. Over the past three days, Republicans and Democrats have strongly condemned the President’s initial refusal to denounce white supremacy. Yet Ed Gillespie has remained silent about both Stewart’s bigotry and Trump’s slow reaction to the racist violence in Charlottesville. Ed Gillespie must stop playing politics and draw a red line around Corey Stewart’s hate. If Ed Gillespie can’t stand up to Corey Stewart, how can we expect him to stand up for us?”

  • Dan Rather:

    When it comes to choosing sides between Nazis, Klansmen and violent bigots on one side and an American institution our Founding Fathers enshrined in the First Amendment – a free and independent press – I know what side I choose. I am not sure about President Trump.

    It defies reason to even write such a thing, but that must be considered a legitimate conclusion to draw from his latest tweet:

    “Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!”

    “Truly bad people!” The press, not the Nazis. And if there is any doubt for the headline writers and pundits who wondered whether Mr. Trump’s belated, scripted aside read off of a teleprompter, was really a heartfelt apology, the emotionless phrase “additional remarks” should put that to rest.

    I believe that most Americans will side with the best of American values rather than hate. I believe Mr. Trump’s self-obsessed outrages will enrage more than they will inspire. We have seen hate rear its ugly head time and again in this nation’s history.

    We were even founded amidst a spirit of bigotry. But the path towards justice has been strong, despite its twists and turns along the way. And much of that was due to a strong and determined press. We united to defeat Nazis once before. And we will do so again.