National Partnership for Women & Families

Events in Charlottesville an ‘Affront to Our Country;’ Trump’s Response ‘Disgracefully Inadequate’

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. — August 13, 2017 —

“The horrendous, heartbreaking display of hatred and bigotry in Charlottesville yesterday was an affront to our country and to the values most of us hold dear. We stand in solidarity with the counter-protesters who took a stand against white supremacists, neo-Nazis and racists – terrorists who once again resorted to appalling violence. We mourn the woman they murdered, wish all the counter-protesters who are still fighting for their lives a full and speedy recovery, and extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the police officers who died in the tragic helicopter crash.

We all have the right to free speech, but white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism, hatred and bigotry have no place in our public discourse or our country. Our diversity is one of our country’s greatest strengths, and we must stand up to bigots and extremists, whether they target people of color, the Jewish community, LGBTQ individuals, Muslims, immigrants or any other group.

Sadly, President Trump’s response was disgracefully inadequate. He failed to name the terrorism committed by those who espouse racism and hatred, failed to take a stand against fascism, failed to stand up for our country’s values and, once again, failed to demonstrate the leadership America needs. Instead, his words suggested equivalency between the terrorists and those who oppose them when, in fact, there is none. History will surely record what is clear today: He is not a champion of the values that make our nation strong.

The National Partnership for Women & Families supports the events Indivisible is planning this weekend to provide a way for all of us to stand with Charlottesville and against hate. The resistance will continue – and prevail.”

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at

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