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Saturday News: “White supremacy in the age of Trump”; “A cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 12.

  • Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer statement on “Unite the Right” rally:

    Statement on the Rally at the University of Virginia

    I have seen tonight the images of torches on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. When I think of torches, I want to think of the Statue of Liberty. When I think of candelight, I want to think of prayer vigils. Today, in 2017, we are instead seeing a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights. Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.

  • Strong statement from former VA GOP Executive Director Shaun Kenney (but how about current VA GOP Chair John Whitbeck, who so far has been verrrry quiet)

    I warned you.

    For almost three years, we’ve warned folks that this theme of white supremacy and identitarian politics is what the Alt-Right truly represented.
    Three years… and they’ve elected two congressmen in Virginia, backed several state candidates, nearly won a gubernatorial nomination, currently occupy several State Central seats within the Republican Party of Virginia… and *still* I have friends within the political right that do not take these people seriously, who feel they can co-opt them for a temporary victory at the polling booth.

    Enough.

    For those who saw the threat early (Brian W. Schoeneman et al.), you get it. For those who came late to the game (Steve Albertson et al), you get it as well.

    For those who continue to play footsie with these bastards, for those who have no definition of victory other than manufacturing principle then selling it to the lowest form of scumbag at the highest price, for those who are bewildered and astonished that this was the true face of what you courted? Welcome to the reality your moral cowardice has created.

    In 1933, the Catholic Center Party knelt to the altar of power in the hopes that it could ride the dragon in an effort to keep the Communists out of power. In the end, the Leviathan ate them last. This Leviathan is small… but mark my words, if we continue to adopt European expectations of our government, we will continue to follow down the path outlined by Carl Schmitt — and no matter which side wins, you will most assuredly lose.

    Nativism vs. conservatism, ladies and gentlemen. It’s been three years since I rang the bell in Virginia. How much further does it go? How many more Corey Stewarts will it require to snap out of it and defend your liberty? *Our liberties?*

    Choose sides — and do not equivocate when you do.

    DRIVE THEM OUT.

  • Charlottesville, VA – ER Nurse and HoD Candidate Squire Denounces “Unite the Right” Rally and Supports First Responders and Businesses

    House of Delegates Candidate Kellen Squire (D – Barboursville) releases the following statement:

    “I denounce the Unite the Right event scheduled to take place today in either Emancipation Park. Last night’s events prove that the goal of this rally is not unification, but intimidation. There is no place in our state, city, or region for the hateful rhetoric and actions that these white supremacist or neo-Nazi groups will bring. Groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Nationalist Socialist Party, League of the South, Identity Europa, and others do not represent the people of my district or the United States as a whole.

    In contrast to what will happen today, I have teamed with other Democratic candidates to raise money to provide food and beverages to first responders. Orders have already been placed and police, fire, EMT, and emergency room personnel will be receiving food and beverages on our behalf through local businesses.

    In addition to providing first responders with a meal tomorrow, I ask that you come meet me and folks from my campaign on Sunday at the Charlottesville Downtown Mall to boost the businesses there that have lost revenue from the events the last two months. We will be wearing our Kellen Squire buttons that state People Before Party. In the end, what we have is each other to rely on and say that we will not stand for this in our state!”

  • Video from Charlottesville Neo-Nazi rally (source: From Renegade Media https://www.facebook.com/R3negadeMedia/)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9l3pci0HXQ

  • Albemarle County Dem Party:

    “How about now, Congressman Tom Garrett? Ready to break radio silence and specifically repudiate these Nazis? “At the feet of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, fights began breaking out and some wielding tiki torches swung them at people. At least one person was arrested, and several people were treated at the scene for minor injuries…”
    You’re big on fighting terrorists… Here’s an opportunity.”

  • This is what we’re dealing with

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZF9TvgsKyc

    • True Blue

      Is someone streaming the counter-protests? Please let it be so.

  • White supremacists march in Cville, EW Jackson busy tweeting about…Colin Kaepernick??? If these were Muslims or African Americans marching in Cville, I bet Ewww would be tweeting up a storm.

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4442/35711579793_b03b997af6_o.jpg

  • Ed Gillespie finally weighs in, doesn’t mention “white supremacists” or the fact that this is happening in Trump’s America

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4442/36123910860_82e16459da_o.jpg

  • True Blue

    Disturbing! Why state and local police were MIA for most of last night’s “march” with mostly white male supremacists on steroids is beyond me – we’ve seen these groups with their torchlit taunts before. . . Waiting for the pretend president to re-tweet memes in support of this gross display of racism?

  • Statement from DPVA Chairwoman Condemning Planned White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

    Richmond, Va. – Today, Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement condemning last night’s violent demonstration and today’s planned rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville:

    “Last night’s hateful parade by white supremacists in Charlottesville was a cowardly and bigoted attack on every Virginian. I am horrified and personally disgusted by this racist demonstration against the Charlottesville community and our commonwealth’s cornerstone values of equality and fairness. The hate we saw last night has no place in our country in 2017 — and is a direct assault on everything I know and love about our commonwealth.

    “The vile protests planned for this weekend seek to divide us — and provoke us — with their hate. I urge everyone to heed the words of Governor McAuliffe and Lieutenant Governor Northam and deny these racist protests the attention they desperately want — and instead stand together as neighbors, citizens, Virginians and Americans to build a more just and inclusive future for our commonwealth in the weeks and months ahead.”

  • House Dems Condemn White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

    RICHMOND, Va. – The House Democratic Caucus condemns the White Nationalist rally to be held today in Charlottesville.

    “As the former mayor of this beautiful, inclusive and progressive community, I am saddened that our city may draw thousands who would come here to sow division and hate,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano. “The alt-right agenda has been brought to Charlottesville by people who are neither from our community nor who represent its values. We will strive to ensure the day does not erupt into violence, and we will redouble our efforts to remain civically engaged so that darkness does not obscure our light.”

    “The House Democratic Caucus stands in strong support of the City of Charlottesville and of every person who has been marginalized by discrimination and hate – whether through the coded dog whistles of politicians or by overt violence that we pray we won’t see today,” said Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “We thank our law enforcement officers and first responders for putting their lives on the line, today and every day, to keep our communities safe.”

  • Latest updates from Tom Perriello:

    @tomperriello 17m17 minutes ago Pepper sprayed twice and spit on twice by Nazis as they marched passed me. #ClassAct

    @tomperriello 1h1 hour ago To be clear, these are NOT national guard but racist private militias posing as state actors to protect nazis and provoke.

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4375/36355093802_9defa25ab5_o.jpg

    @tomperriello 2h2 hours ago These guys should know these pictures are going to last forever. Promise they will not age well

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4441/36476949206_f16efa1b0f_o.jpg

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4404/36523363265_c5616cf063_o.jpg

  • Video: David Duke in Cville Vows to “Fulfill the Promises” of Donald Trump, “take our country back”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDXw6umBEJ8

  • Video: Cville “Alt Right” Marchers Chant “Heil Trump”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPiRAK3qtDY

  • The usual wisdom from 2013 VA GOP Lt. Gov. nominee EW Jackson

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4428/36477477766_6b6bcdb04c_o.jpg

  • Sen. Tim Kaine:

    “I’m deeply disturbed that our country has to wake up to headlines of torch-wielding white nationalists promoting bigotry and inciting fear on a college campus in Virginia. I’m praying for, and urging, peace today. Racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric sow seeds of hatred in our communities. That’s not who we are, that’s not what Virginians stand for, and we have no intention of moving backwards toward the division of the past. People peddling in hate from outside of Charlottesville will never define this vibrant community.”

  • Check out VA GOP Chair John Whitbeck’s whitewashing of the GOP, even while rightfully condemning “hatred and racism on display today in Charlottesville”

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4385/36356121382_58cd1312ca_o.jpg

    • True Blue

      When on the phone with Alex Witt, Whitbeck commented on the “both sides do it” blame game, blah, blah, blah. Republican Richard Painter pointed out that these groups have been trying to take over his party for a long time. Another guest suggested that the clashes just feed supremacists’ desire for violence.

  • Gooditis Statement on White Nationalist Rally in Charlottsville

    LEESBURG, VA – Today Wendy Gooditis, candidate for the 10th district of the Virginia House of Delegates, released the following statement about the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia:

    “I strongly condemn the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and any resulting violence. This is not who we are as Virginians. We must stand up for a Virginia that is inclusive and united, and stand against divisible and hateful actions and rhetoric. My deepest thanks goes to the Charlottesville police officers who continue to work hard today and everyday to keep us safe.”

  • Great tweet by courageous badass Tom Perriello, who has been absolutely NAILING it today in content, tone, etc.

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4387/36387208111_0fb86c7c87_o.jpg

  • Our douchebag “president” weighs in, doesn’t call out white supremacists, neo-Nazis, or take any responsibility for his OWN ROLE in fomenting this!

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4368/36478189026_301337259a_b.jpg

  • Unlike Trump and Whitbeck, Rep. Comstock actually calls out these f***s for who/what they are: “The neo-Nazi march and the hate and racism on display in Charlottesville are vile, have no place in Virginia, and are denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike in our great Commonwealth. We thank and pray for our law enforcement who protect our Commonwealth and put themselves in harm’s way to protect our communities.”

  • Bernie Sanders statement on Charlottesville

    “The white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society. I am disgusted by the news, and my thoughts are with those in the Charlottesville community and around the country who have been targeted. While this incident is alarming, it is not surprising. Hate crimes and shows of hostility toward minorities have recently been surging. Now more than ever we must stand together against those who threaten our brothers and sisters.”

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  • VANVALKENBURG DENOUNCES CHARLOTTESVILLE HATE RALLY
    Henrico Public School Teacher Speaks Out Against Radical Unite The Right Demonstration

    Henrico, VA, 8/12/2017 – Public school teacher Schuyler VanValkenburg, the Democratic nominee for House District 72, issued the following statement condemning the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

    ”The “Unite The Right” demonstration goes against everything our Commonwealth stands for. The behavior, bigotry, and violence exhibited by Unite the Right protesters is unacceptable and shameful. These demonstrators go against the values of inclusiveness and equality that Henrico County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States of America hold dear.

    It is the civic responsibility of all elected officials and candidates to denounce this hateful rhetoric and violence. Failure to speak out publicly is an abdication of leadership and moral decency. Silence is nothing more than tacit consent so I am calling on Ed Whitlock and other Republican leaders to speak out against this vicious demonstration of bigotry.”

  • Statement from Justin Fairfax on White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

    Arlington, Va. – Today, Justin Fairfax released the following statement regarding the demonstration last night and today’s white supremacists rally in Charlottesville.

    “I am saddened by the scenes of violence and demonstrations of hatred in one of Virginia’s greatest cities. We cannot allow hate mongers to divide us and make us forget our core beliefs of fairness and inclusion in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The citizens of the city of Charlottesville need our assistance at this time as hate groups continue to use the city to demonstrate their hate.”

    “This moment is also a reminder of the need to tone down political rhetoric and the negativity we often see in our current politics. We must be deliberate and transcend politics to stand united against those who want to divide communities.”

  • Edward N Virginia

    TEXT OF EMAIL TO FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REPUBLICAN PARTY COMMITTEE below. I started a conversation with the Committee about non-partisan work to stop all forms of hate violence:

    Respectfully, after today,

    can we perhaps agree that

    1. Charlottesville City Council poorly planned and poorly communicated for this weekend and may have contributed to heightening the anxiety and anger audiences by their poor planning and poor communications (comments by the judge who issued the injunction requiring the rally in the downtown park suggest that the judge found social media or other comments by City Councilors and/or others offensive to an intention to protect Mr Kessler’s First Amendment rights; of course Virginia ACLU had argued that representing Mr Kessler)

    2. Law enforcement plans, and/or chain of command, were inadequate to protect residents and visitors in the City (anyone watching live streaming or recorded video could see hundreds of crimes being committed with no police intervening; we just heard Attorney Fogel, a local Charlottesville attorney, and vocal Democrat, comment that it seemed that law enforcement ‘allowed’ assaults and other violence)

    3. A comprehensive and thorough investigation – with state, local, and federal authorities – must be done, including investigation of all crimes involving hate.

    Can Republicans reach out to to Democrats, and invite other Parties or parties, who have a stake in civil order and civil peace, to help restore civil order and civil peace that can be sustained?

    Thank you.

    CAN DEMOCRATS reach out to Republicans, and other Parties, and parties?