LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB/AP) — Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) has written a letter to President Donald Trump in response to his newest remarks on the tragedy in Charlottesville.
Throughout these remarks at a press convention on Tuesday, Trump blamed “each side” for the weekend violence between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators in Virginia. In doing so, Trump used the bullhorn of the presidency to offer voice to the grievances of white nationalists, and aired a few of his personal.
The indignant change with reporters at his skyscraper lodge in New York Metropolis laid naked a actuality of the Trump presidency: Trump can’t be managed by others or steered away from damaging political land mines. His prime aides have been surprised by his feedback, with some – together with new chief of employees John Kelly – standing by helplessly because the president escalated his rhetoric.
Standing within the foyer of Trump Tower, Trump acknowledged that there have been “some very dangerous individuals” amongst those that gathered to protest Saturday. However he added: “You additionally had those that have been very high-quality individuals, on each side.”
In his remarks, Trump additionally condemned bigoted ideology and referred to as James Alex Fields Jr., who drove his automotive right into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-yr-previous, Heather Heyer, “a shame to himself, his household and his nation.”
The textual content of Yarmuth’s letter seems under, and a replica might be discovered right here.
I’m depressed and horrified that I need to as soon as once more reply to your place on the Charlottesville incident. Nevertheless, as an elected official, such as you, who has sworn to protect and shield the Structure, I can’t be silent once you violate your oath of workplace.
Your feedback yesterday have been really deplorable (sure, I went there), however I confess you have been proper about one factor: there have been two sides to the Charlottesville story. Sadly and inexplicably, you refused to take sides. One aspect was standing up for American values; the opposite was subverting our democracy. By suggesting that blame for the incident was shared, you ignored probably the most important level: Americans dedicated to the denial of rights and freedoms for his or her fellow residents have been brazenly marching by means of an American metropolis, making a mockery of the foundational rules of the nation.
You look like targeted on the bodily battle in Charlottesville, which was horrible, and within the case of the homicide of Heather Heyer, tragic. However the query of which group was extra violent is meaningless. The difficulty is which group deserves the unequivocal…