Thursday, August 17, 2017

Washtenaw County, Michigan – The Executive Board of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) condemns the violent actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia over the past weekend in the strongest possible terms. In addition, they vehemently reject President Donald Trump’s statements that those who oppose Nazis, Ku Klux Klanners, and other white supremacists are equally to blame for the violence that killed protester Heather Heyer and injured many others.

“My grandfather fought Nazis in Germany in World War II and my mother was a civil rights activist,” said WCDP Chair Chris Savage. “It is now my generation’s moral imperative to fight fascism in all forms today. President Trump’s comparison of those who resist these groups to the groups themselves is offensive beyond measure. It is an insult to the brave men and women like my grandfather that an American president would give cover for the types of people they risked their lives to stop during WWII.”

“This is not a partisan issue; this is a moral issue,” Savage continued. “As Americans, we should all reject the rise of fascism in our country and the unacceptable violence and provocations from Nazis, Ku Klux Klanners, and other fascist groups. We urge our friends at the Washtenaw County Republican Party and all others to join us in our condemnation of this un-American rhetoric and violence against our fellow citizens. If there is one thing Democrats and Republicans alike should be able to come together on, it is this: Violent bigotry and racism have no place in the United States of America.”

Contact: Chris Savage 734-358-9276