Kentucky politicians condemn "hate and bigotry" in Charlottesville

08/12/2017 05:29 PM

UPDATED: Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia are reporting that one person is dead and 19 are injured after a car drove through a crowd of counterprotestors where white supremacists and other alt-right groups were scheduled to take place.

President Trump condemned the violence in comments from Bedminster, New Jersey.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” Trump said.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes singled out Trump’s statement on social media, saying “There aren’t “many sides” to hate. There’s only one, and it’s wrong. #Charlottesville,” she wrote on Twitter.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency earlier in the day after counterprotestors and white nationalists clashed at a planned rally held by “Unite the Right.” The rally was intended to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, according to NBC News.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, condemned the acts of violence in a statement on Twitter.

“The hate and bigotry witnessed in #Charlottesville does not reflect American values. I wholeheartedly oppose their actions,” McConnell wrote on his official Twitter account.

The Kentucky Democratic Party also denounced Saturday’s acts of violence online.

“While freedom of speech and assembly are sacred, we must come together to denounce hatred, violence and white supremacy,” the KDP wrote.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, a Democrat, tweeted that the “events in Virginia remind us that we must bring our country together by condemning violence, white supremacists and Nazi hate groups.”

Gray later wrote that he is taking action to relocate the Confederate statues in Lexington.

“We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens,” he wrote. “The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I intended to make next week. Tuesday I will ask Council to support Lexington’s petition to the Ky Military Heritage Commission, a required next step. Details to come.”

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also condemned the events in a tweet on Saturday.

“The bigotry and hatred seen in #Charlottesville cannot be tolerated,” wrote Fischer, D-Louisville. “Louisville stands with Mayor @MikeSigner to support American values and condemn Nazis and white supremacists #MayorsStands4All.”

Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucly, wrote “we were reminded that those who espouse hate only enable violence.”

“Having lived in Charlottesville, my thoughts and prayers go out to those who turned out to promote tolerance, and were harmed for it,” he wrote. “America should be better. Those who enable this hate must stop.”

Agirculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, R-Kentucky, wrote “everyone has inherent human dignity. Today’s bigotry, hatred and violence are against our values as a people. #Charlottesville.”

The violence on Saturday comes after torch-wielding white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia campus on Friday night.


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