Statement regarding Charlottesville attack
Today, as I arrive back in the United States after spending the last week in Israel on a congressional delegation, I am catching up on the details of the last several days, and I’m finally having time to process it. Often times, especially when constantly hearing about the challenges facing parts of the world like where I was, we forget about the work we still have to do in our own communities.
I condemn, in the strongest terms, this week's act of domestic terror and hateful rhetoric by white supremacists, Neo-Nazis and KKK sympathizers. These dangerous factions have no role in a civilized, American society. Their bigotry is incompatible with, and is the opposite of all this country stands for.
Laina and I are praying for the loved ones of the woman who was killed, and the officers who died monitoring the rally. We also are praying for those injured, and for our country. We must have tough conversations about how to root out this unproductive, small-minded ideology.