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National Council of Churches Slams Donald Trump for Defending White Supremacists in Charlottesville Violence

The National Council of Churches and the National Council of Black Churches blasted Donald Trump for defending white supremacists in Charlottesville violence, saying, “Trump has chosen to give sanction to racist actions, and that is unacceptable.”

Here’s the full statement:  “Addressing the situation in Charlottesville requires moral leadership from the President of our Republic, particularly in light of our past. Unfortunately, President Trump has chosen to give sanction to racist actions, and that is unacceptable.”

“President Trump has blamed the violence on people on “many sides” instead of laying the blame directly on the white supremacists where it properly lies. He has stated his belief that there were “good people” mixed in among the “bad people” protesting in favor of white nationalism, as symbolized by statues commemorating the Confederacy, instead of identifying their views as being just plain wrong.”

“In effect, the President of the United States provided cover to those who shouted “Jews will not replace us” and “Blood and Soil” (a clear reference to Nazi ideology). He provided false equivalency to those who countered chants of “Black Lives Matter!” with shouts of “White Lives Matter!” as a way to silence the growing realization that racism is alive and well in our country. He legitimized those whose hate was directed toward the clergy and other faithful, some of whom are our friends and colleagues, who were there to demonstrate against hatred and bigotry.”