The following statement was issued today by Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A year ago this coming Saturday, hundreds of racists marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, leaving death in their wake and a stunned nation seeking answers and leadership.
President Trump equivocated – unable to see the difference between white supremacists and people like Heather who opposed them. In his view, some “very fine people” were among the torch-bearing racists chanting slogans like “Jews will not replace us.”
This past weekend, we once again saw the face of hate – this time in Portland, Oregon, where multiple people were injured in street fighting provoked by far-right extremists. Next weekend, white supremacists are planning a rally in our nation’s capital.
No one should be surprised. This is Donald Trump’s America. These are the forces he has unleashed.