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Friday, September 8, 2017

Senator Pat Toomey's Response to Violence in Charlottesville, VA 8/10-11/17

I wrote to the Senator to express my anger at the bigoted violence during the "Alt-Right" Klan, Nazi violent demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, and my disgust with Mr. Trump's initial response ... and the follow up beyond the "hostage statement," where Mr. Trump expressed himself more clearly. Here is the Senator's response:

Thank you for contacting me about the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. I appreciate hearing from you.
Like you, I am deeply troubled by the racist march in Charlottesville and terribly saddened by the tragic loss of life that occurred there. The racism, hate, and violence seen in Charlottesville are vile and unacceptable. I am disgusted by the white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis, and believe that the racism and hate spewed by these groups have no place in our society.
As to President Trump's statements about the events in Charlottesville, I believe and have publicly stated that there is no moral equivalency between neo-Nazis, bigots, and white supremacists, and those who oppose them. Our country has no room for corrupt ideology or violent acts.
I hope that what occurred in Charlottesville will be an isolated incident. Moving forward, I pray that members of Congress will put politics aside, unequivocally condemn hate and bigotry, and find ways to work together to protect our shared American values of equality and justice for all.
Thank you again for your correspondence. Please be assured I understand and appreciate hearing your concerns, and will continue monitoring the fallout from the recent events in Charlottesville. Do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.
Sincerely,
  
Pat Toomey
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania

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