August 16 2017

State Rep. Ken Gordon Rebuffs President's Statements on Charlottesville

By: Rich Hosford

21st Middlesex District State Rep. Ken Gordon, D-Bedford, had some harsh words for the president on Tuesday.


Gordon posted his thoughts on his official Facebook page about President Donald Trump’s impromptu press conference that he held after remarks on infrastructure at Trump Tower on Tuesday where he once again took up the topic of the Charlottesville, Virginia “Unite the Right” rally and the ensuing violence.


During that rally on Saturday self-proclaimed white nationalists and Neo-Nazis that clashed with counter-protesters. Later in the day a man drove a Dodge Challenger into a group of counter-protesters, injuring at least 19 and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The man arrested after the crash was reportedly has a history of speaking positively about Nazism and Adolf Hitler.


During the press conference on Tuesday, Trump reiterated prior statements that he had since walked back that the violence was the fault of people on “both sides.”


"You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent," he said.


Trump also argued that many of the people taking part of the rally weren’t doing it because they were hate-filled but instead they opposed the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee that was approved by the city council earlier in the year.


“It looked like they had some rough, bad people, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them,” Trump said. “But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest.”


Gordon, in his statement, took umbrage with that line in particular.


“I am sickened by what I heard today,” he wrote. “NO GOOD PERSON MARCHES WITH THE KKK and the Nazis. None. No good person remains in a march while flag and torch carrying fascists chant ‘Jews will not replace us’, ‘Blood and Soil’ and other anti-Semitic and anti-black chants.”


Here is the rest of Gordon’s post:


“No Alt-Right marcher was killed. One brave woman who stood up to them was. This is no time to create false-equivalents by talking about incidents that occurred in other places, in other times. This was uniformed, armed thugs descending upon a peaceful town, because its residents voted to remove a statue that offended a majority of them.”


“What were the children of Charlottesville thinking when these attacks occurred? What are they thinking now? Do our national leaders care about them? How long will they be enabled?”


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